Typos Affecting Job Search [Career Coach]

Author: Don Oehlert

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You may have heard that typos are the number one thing that kicks the resume out from the stack.

Let’s look at that closely.

Firstly, when a screener finds typos and grammatical errors, are “deal breakers” for hiring managers 77% of the time.

77% of the time, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

BUZZ! Resume automatically rejected. And after you did all that right work getting it in front of the right person at the right company, at the (perceived) right time.

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Just think about that for a few minutes. More than 3 out of 4 resumes will be taken out of consideration because of something that is totally within your control.

The reason I’m asking you to think very hard about that is, let’s say you are the second coming of Albert Einstein. You’re going for a physics professor’s job at a great university. Unfortunately if you cannot spell, use punctuation correctly, or have agreement between verbs and nouns, you will not be considered for this position.

There are a number of ways to help you help yourself. Here are three:

  1. Write your resume or make your changes, and let it sit for 3 days. Then pick up where you left off. Your mind will be much clearer then
  2. Have a trusted friend or your significant other edit your resume for you
  3. Hire a resume writer or career coach to help you with your search

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to each approach listed above.

The Advantages

Number 1. It is just normal human behavior to have your brain “fill in the blanks” for you, when it finds an error. You don’t even realize it when there is a typo. It’s completely normal. Know this. When you do pick back up, read your writing out loud to yourself, slowly. Sometimes your ears will hear what your eyes will miss.

But even with the 3-day “mental vacation” it is very hard to edit your own work. You can do it, but it’s very hard.

Let’s say that costs you an extra couple of months of search time.

Number 2. This one really mirrors Number 1 more than anything. The main issue with this approach is your good friend or significant other may not want to hurt your feelings on things, and may not tell you the whole truth. Also, if they are not on your career path they may not know what the correct usage of terminology is for your market. Nothing wrong with that but it will get in the way of an effective resume review.

Let’s say that costs you an extra month.

Number 3. The greatest advantage to this approach is, you get an experienced writer, an experienced branding agent, and probably someone that has run across your market before, so he or she can help with terminology and what’s important to hiring managers in your field. An experienced coach will also know how to net out your successes, so they can become short, pithy statements that have impact. And that’s key. Impactful statements on your resume. You need to stand out from the crowd of other accountants, marketing personnel, or salespeople. Your paperwork and job search tools need to represent you in unique fashion. Career coaches know how to get there. Most have written more resumes in a month (and without typos!) than you will in your entire life.

The disadvantages

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The disadvantage of Number 1 is, well, we explained that a moment ago. Your brain will make up the corrections as you go. You can’t help it and yes, you’re quite normal. Welcome to the human condition. You may also have trouble coming up with just a few important things to have in your resume. It’s like not being able to see the forest for the trees.

The disadvantage of Number 2 is similar to Number 1. These people, as much as they care for you, simply may not have the knowledge needed to do a great job. And since your resume is your ad for your career, you do want a great resume, right?

As for Number 3, a good Career Coach costs money.

On the other hand, if you think about it as an investment in your career rather than a cost, you will see that the investment is well worth it. In fact, let’s illustrate this point.

Look at it this way – let’s say you make about a $120,000 per year. If this is true, then you lose about $2,400 per week for every week you’re unemployed. Simple math tells you that’s a bit over $50 an hour, for every hour you’re out of work. So, if your investment in a career coach is about $2,500, that’s about a week’s salary.

All of a sudden a career coach that will get you past that 77% is pretty darned good investment.

Think hard about it. That’s about a $5,000 swing in your favor. And that’s just if you land only 1 week sooner than you would have alone. What if you landed a whole month sooner? Two months? It may be hard to quantify, but you can feel it when you’re getting traction, and when you’re not getting traction. You’ll know that the work product from the coach is effective. Plus they’ll keep the typos away!

Resume differently. Search differently. Attack your job search.

#careercoaching #resumewriting #resumes #gethired #legal

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