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Can u reed thsi?

February 17, 2012

My ears are still ringing.

After a long conversation with a high-profile employer I was left completely stumped.

He had been wading through resumes and interviewing UCSB students all day and boy was he fuming. Why? TYPOS! This particular employer was interviewing students for a very detail oriented, software engineering job that was largely about checking for errors and these resumes were filled with them! Hm-mm.

As a marginal typist myself I can’t imagine anyone ignoring the red line. I am completely devoted to spell check even though once in a great while I am actually right and it is wrong.

Here are some tips from us and also some we borrowed from Grammar Girl to avoid your resume being stuffed into the shredder.

 Forgive Thyself 

Nobody is perfect and everyone makes typos because your brain knows what you meant to write.

Use Spell Check!


Have A Few People Proofread Your Resume

Roommates, friends, the writing lab or drop into Career Services. We will be more than happy to look it over for you. A new set of eyes can see things yours just can’t. Especially if you have lots of acronyms or English isn’t your first language, we are here to help you shine.

Read Your Resume Backwards

Line for line, this exercise will refresh your brain so that you can see errors and possible words you may have omitted.

The Money Is In The Edit

Print it out and read it again. Your resume can make or break your chance to win the interview for a job worth large amounts of cash. You may be short on time but we recommend that you let your resume sit for a day and then go back and read and edit it again. And then again. Most likely you will find more errors once it is on paper.

For more help on resumes and other career topics come to Career Services or visit our website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 1:51 pm

    I think it is a good suggestion to ask somebody check our papers. Our spelling were already affected by technology, we are already used to shortcuts in sending messages to the extent that we already forgot the correct spelling.

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  2. February 21, 2012 7:39 am

    I think the reason of that is the fact, that students send applications to dozens of companies.. They think it’s quantity that counts. So they write applications in a rush.

  3. February 27, 2012 5:23 pm

    It is important to have someone else look at your resume before sending it on! However, you should proofread it several times and there is no excuse for not catching some of the most common errors!

  4. April 3, 2012 7:35 pm

    Something that I see many applicants doing is sending the same resume out to a number of different companies regardless of industry. Customizing your resume so that it’s tailored to fit the specific job you’re applying to can be a great way to stand out among other applicants.

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