Writing a resume? Then proofreading is key. According to surveys conducted by TheLadders, most recruiters only spend an average of six seconds reviewing your resume. Recruiters also revealed that resumes that have a single spelling or grammatical error will be thrown in the trash can. These mean that you have a very little time to impress a recruiter with your resume. And it’s very crucial therefore to proofread your resume and make sure it is flawless. Proofreading involves the process of reading a written work for “surface errors” such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and format. It’s a crucial final stage of a resume writing process.
6 Tips to Writing a Flawless Resume:
1. Print out a copy. It is recommended to print out your resume and supporting documents to proofread it on the page as it is much easier to spot errors on paper than onscreen. (It’s particularly helpful to print in very large type size, such as 18 points.)
Before you do this, it is a good idea to run the spell check on the computer to catch any obvious errors. But, don’t rely on spell check and grammar check alone — as these tools cannot always be completely accurate.
2. Read your resume aloud–slowly, thoughtfully, word by word. Go through the text several times, each time working on a different aspect. This will help you to retain your focus and concentration.
3. Read your resume backward. Start reading the resume at the bottom and read the words from right to left. Doing this will help you focus on individual words, punctuation marks and spaces rather than sentences.
4. Look out for common grammar mistakes. Keep an eye out for tense agreement, confusing similar words, misuse of apostrophe, words with similar pronunciation but different meanings, punctuation marks etc…
5. Let someone else read it. Ask at least one friend or colleague to review your resume critically. A new set of eyes may immediately spot errors that you’ve overlooked.
6. Double check everything. In the 6 seconds that recruiters spend with your resume, the study showed they will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education. So don’t forget to check the following:
- Check the spelling of names of previous employers
- Check your dates of employment for each job – is there an overlap or gap
- Review all figures, facts, time frames, emails, and phone numbers to avoid giving out any erroneous information.
- Carefully review your cover letter, the email you send to the company with your resume, you references sheet, etc.
If you are not sure whether your resume is letter perfect, please contact Toth Resume Consulting. We can help!