Maybe it’s the Internet…when an entire generation is raised on text-speak abbreviations it’s easy to get a bit sloppy with communication. Or perhaps the shallow media-saturated attention span of the average American has made us all a little ADD. Whatever the cause, the average recruiter or HR professional sees dozens of resumes every day with errors that show lack of attention to detail. Resume errors that cost otherwise qualified candidates any chance of landing the job.
Dates are left off or incomplete. Misspellings are rampant. Punctuation takes a back seat. Inconsistencies are everywhere. And another resume goes to the “round file.”
One young woman explained her resume mistakes this way. “I hired someone and paid good money to have my resume written. The errors shouldn’t be there.” No they shouldn’t…but they are. Attention to detail also means attention to the details of others who work for us.
Another jobseeker who was mystified that her resume never resulted in an interview…or even a phone call…didn’t notice that her resume had several spelling errors. “I spell-checked everything,” she said. But spell-checkers don’t discriminate between “cooperation” and “copulation.” However, a sharp HR person does. Even spell-checked documents need a human to review them. That’s called “attention to detail.”
In yet another case, a job-seeker had all but sealed the deal with a company. But his resume listed his last job as ending in 3013. Not a big deal? Just a harmless typo? Well, not when you’re interviewing for the position as Chief Financial Officer. One unnoticed error like that could cost a company millions of dollars. His lack of attention to details cost him a potentially life-changing job.
In a hyper-competitive job market, there’s no room for error when searching for a new position. It’s far too easy for a hiring authority to simply go on to the next highly qualified candidate…the one who does demonstrate attention to details.
So, the nxt time u submit you’re resume for that dreem job, make sure too chck the details.