We’ve written before about the topic of the resume in this blog. Below are two such examples:
“10 Changes to Your Resume You May Not Have Thought About”
“3 Ways to Beef Up Your Resume”
As you might have already guessed, we’re going to address the resume in this blog post, as well. Specifically, we’re emphasizing the importance of proofreading it.
There are probably some skeptical readers who are asking themselves, “How important is it . . . really? Am I going to lose out on a job just because of a typo or a grammatical error? Isn’t it more important that I’m able to perform the duties of the job?”
Let’s address those three questions in order:
“How important is it . . . really?”
Your resume is how potential employers see you before they see you. It’s part of your first impression. Your resume often dictates whether or not you have a phone interview, and how well you do during the phone interview dictates whether or not you have a face-to-face interview. So in actuality, your resume is the first step on your journey to finding a new job. That’s how important it is.
“Am I going to lose out on a job just because of a typo or grammatical error?”
You must remember that you’re not competing for a job in a vacuum. There are other candidates who are attempting to land the same job that you are. You might think that nobody has lost an employment opportunity just because of a simple typo, but that’s the case. People have lost out on opportunities because of typos and errors on their resume, and it’s not an isolated incident. When a hiring authority is having a difficult time choosing between two candidates, the hiring authority will invariably choose the candidate who has the better resume—or the one without any errors.
“Isn’t it more important that I’m able to perform the duties of the job?”
True, your ability to perform on the job is important. However, as we mentioned above, you’re not competing for a job in a vacuum. There are other people who can also perform those job duties. What you’re attempting to do is convince the employer that YOU are the better candidate. Let’s take a slightly different angle with the scenario we described above.
Perhaps the hiring authority is having difficulty choosing between two candidates, both of whom possess similar experiences and abilities related to the duties of the position. If the hiring authority believes that one of the candidates has better communication skills and pays more attention to detail, then that candidate has the edge over the other one.
Time Staffing can help you during your job search. We not only provide guidance regarding your search, but we also have an extensive database of available positions.
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