Please, Proofread Your Resume. Please!!!

Posted: 4/9/2014

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

As an IT recruiter working in the staffing industry for the last 14 years, I have seen literally thousands upon thousands of resumes. And there are many, many of them that have perfectly preventable errors. I'm here to tell you that I have ABSOLUTELY had candidates get rejected for spelling or grammatical errors or errors in technologies on their resume. I'm imploring all of you job seekers to proofread your resume!

Now no one is perfect with grammar. The English language seems to do a good job of ensuring none of us will ever actually know all the rules for grammar usage. However, here are some of the things I see that should never happen on a resume:

1) You should never be the "manger" of anyone or any department or "mange" anything. No, spellcheck won't catch it. Yes, you should do a word find (CTRL-F) for "manger" and "mange" after you spellcheck your resume.

2) If you have worked with a technology, you need to spell it correctly. Most common one I see? "Novel" instead of "Novell."

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3) If you have worked with a technology and list it on your resume, you have to make sure the versions you list actually exist.

4) For you healthcare focused folks: HIPPA is incorrect. It's HIPAA.

5) "Orientated," while technically not grammatically incorrect, is really British usage. For resumes and formal writing, and in the U.S., it should be "oriented."

6) Make sure your fonts and bullet points match throughout the resume.

There's a myriad of reasons you won't get a job. Make sure it's not for something you could have easily fixed and prevented!