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Methods to avoid resume typos

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MAUMEE (WTOL) - If you've been without a job for a while it may help to take another look at your resume. If you have even one misspelling or grammatical error, you're sabotaging your chances of getting a job.

Say "so long" to spell-check because it's just not helping. Here a sample sentence that would go right through spell-check: "Dear sir or madman, I'm attacking my resume for your review, I'm a rabid typist."

Jill Turski is the branch manager of Accountemps in Arrowhead Park. It's a staffing agency specializing in accounting and finance that just released the results of a new survey showing three out of four executives would remove applicants from consideration if they saw one or two typos. "The assumption is if they're gonna make a mistake or an error on a resume, then they'll get into a job and make those same mistakes," she said.

Taking part in the survey were 150 senior executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies. They were asked, "How many typos in a resume does it take for you to decide not to consider a candidate for a position?"

  • 40% said one typo
  • 36% said two typos
  • 14% said three typos
  • 7% said four or more

Here a few simple ways to ensure you don't make a mistake.

1. Get help. Turski told us, "Enlist the help of a detail-oriented family member, friend, or mentor to proofread your resume and look for any type of errors."

2. Take a break. "I think, a lot of times, we're sitting in front of the computer applying to many different jobs. We need to walk away, and come back with a fresh set of eyes so we can catch some errors we didn't catch the first time around," said Turski.

3. Print a copy. It's easy to overlook typos when you're reading from a computer screen.

4. Read it out loud. Your ears might catch errors your eyes overlooked. 

A final bit of advice from Turski, "I think the number one thing to do is go back and check your resume. Make sure there are no errors. Because again, as we talked about, one typo and it could be in the trash can."

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