With so many job seekers applying for jobs today, employers can be very picky during the hiring process. The smallest typo on your resume, cover letter, or other application materials can prevent you from getting an interview. Therefore, it is important for you to proofread all of your application materials before sending them to an employer.
Below are a few tips to help you proofread thoroughly.
READ IT AGAIN. AND AGAIN.
Be sure to thoroughly edit each document yourself. While spellcheck can help you spot obvious typos, it misses a number of common errors. For example, spellcheck does not notice if you write “your” instead of “you’re” – one of the most common mistakes. Using your finger as a pointer, read one word at a time. While not as slow as it sounds, this tactic provides a more thoughtful approach to reading. Read your resume silently and slowly. Every word.
Proofread a printed copy of your resume, cover letter, etc., rather than looking at your document on a computer screen. You have likely been looking at the document on a computer screen for a long time, and a printed version will help you see the document with a fresh set of eyes. Printing it out will also help you see the document as the recruiter will see it.
You should also make sure your layout is consistent. Make sure that your font size and style is the same throughout the entire document – if you cut and paste sentences, you might have different fonts within the same document, which looks messy. Of course, in a resume, your font sizes might be different based on whether you are writing a headline or a bullet point. That is fine, but make sure that you are consistent – all your headlines should be the same font and size, as should all your bullet points. Review your consistency with standards such as capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and bullets. For example, did you end each line with a period or not? The important thing is to pick one way of doing it and being consistent.
We often read things differently in print than on screen. Having your entire resume on one sheet (or two) of paper, without having to scroll down your screen, can help you see the entire picture. Reading aloud helps as well, since the ear often catches mistakes that the eyes miss.
READ IT BACKWARDS
Reading backwards accomplishes a few things: It breaks the logical flow of language, removing the distinct words from their context and making it hard for our brains automatically to correct spelling or capitalization errors. It also slows reading – an effective technique for those who read too quickly for effective proofreading. Reading it this way forces you to look at how you are saying things rather than what you are saying.
Don’t forget to proofread your personal information. Many people tend to miss/overlook this part. However, a mistake in this information can prevent an employer from being able to contact you. Therefore, check this information thoroughly. Also be sure to proofread the information you include about the company for which you are applying. Make sure you spell the employer’s name and company name correctly, and that you get their address correct.
Proofreading your resume is a must to have the most professional and accurate reflection of you as a job seeker and to land an interview. Following these ways to proofread your resume will put you on the right path to job search success. Now use our CV Builder to build your perfect Resume.