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03/25/10
Resume Reviews. One typo ends consideration of many resumes
Filed under: Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 10:24 am

Either in your resume or cover letter, in your
research summary or your thank you note,
it only takes one misspelling for technical
professionals’ resumes to be not considered
for a position.  Some recent examples:

In cover letters:

  I’m intrested to here more about that…

  …career on the information supper highway

resume on the back side of a draft of a cover letter

resume… with current employer’s letterhead or
school letterhead

In resumes:

Highlight:   “Demonstrated ability in multi-tasting.” 
[Neither multi-tasking or multi-tasting are considered
 of high value.]

There are many more examples.

How should we eliminate them in our public
relations documents?  Consider doing several
things like:

1.  reviewing your documents backwards and forwards
2.  ask people both very familiar with your work and
not familiar with your work to proofread and provide
feedback.
3.  print copies for your records, for your next steps,
for your review when your mind is most keen to look
for errors.  Screen reviews tend not to be as thorough
for many.  We overlook sections or are distracted more
easily.
4.  Draft, revise, take a break, seek out other ways of
composing the documents.  Pay attention to spelling,
paragraphing, punctuation, and proper usage.
5.  Intermittently read documents out loud to let your
ears do some editing.

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