Nobody wants to be judged harshly on something that does not describe them as whole (such as a resume), especially when the judgment is based on their writing. But then again, when it comes to being an employer, he or she isn’t going to hire someone whose resume is riddled with errors.
A poorly written resume says more than just a person’s employment history. If a resume is full of spelling mistakes, grammar errors and the like, then most likely an employer will discard it. Possibly, he will think that the person who wrote it is uneducated or maybe too lazy to write the resume properly. On the other end of the spectrum, an employer might think the person was in a rush to get the resume done and in his or her haste made several errors.
Being uneducated, lazy, or in too much of a hurry to get the work done correctly are all qualities employers do not want in their employees. It is up to the person to make sure his resume is done properly and as professional as possible. There are many resources (both online and off) available to help people write resumes correctly and with proper spelling and grammar.
Spelling and grammar checkers are essential tools for professional papers, resumes included. It is easy to use a resume builder online, it asks the questions and a person fills out some boxes. However, not all resume builders offer spell-check or grammar-check. If in doubt on how to spell a word, look it up.
A way to check spelling and grammar is to type out the resume on Microsoft Word (or a similar program). When all the information has been included, run the spell-check. If the grammar checker isn’t enabled, enable it, and run that as well.
With dictionaries, online checkers and word processing programs; there is no reason why a person shouldn’t be able to have an error-free resume.
One thing spell-checkers and grammar-checkers do not check is the use of a word. It is a good idea to double check problematic words such as there/they’re/their, accept/except, affect/effect, and then/than to make sure they are being used in the right context.
Long and wordy resumes aren’t necessarily a good thing. In fact, they can hurt a person’s chances just as much as poor grammar and spelling can. A resume is a person’s way of introducing his or her self to a potential employer, and first impressions can mean the difference between obtaining an interview and being discarded. The resume is the job seeker’s chance at conveying a good first impression.
All information should be clearly stated, and to the point. It is tempting to describe in detail one’s accomplishments but that information should be saved for the interview. A several pages long resume is too long, one or, two pages should be sufficient. If one has a lengthy job history, use the most recent and relevant jobs. A resume that is too long might wind up in the trash pile. The employer is trying to narrow down a list of potential candidates and likely won’t want to waste his or her time on a job history, written in novella form.
The resume can convey so many things about a person, not all of them desirable. Being viewed as uneducated, lazy, too hasty and careless of little details are not desirable traits in an employee. There are many resources available online to help write a resume, including How To Write A Resume.org, which offers resume tips and resume building tools.