You’re emailing a hiring manager, beseeching him to consider you for that dream job, and your fingers are flying off the keys in desperation. Then you close your eyes, mutter a prayer, and click ‘send’ – only to realize, slightly too late, that your cover letter just told him all about how you were instrumental in ‘ruining’ an entire project at your last job.
How familiar are you with this scene?
If you’re prone to typos and your ‘Sent Items’ folder is a disastrous ground plagued with even the littlest errors, it’s time to get some help. According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, 76% of hiring managers would not consider applicants with even one or two typos in their resume or cover letter. 40% said just that one overlooked error would be enough for the application to be tossed aside.
While it is true that accidentally spelling ‘what’ as ‘hawt’ is not a true personification of your capabilities and work ethic, a resume is the earliest impression prospective employers will have of you. And, as it’s been said many times, first impressions count plenty.
“In today’s job market, it pays to be ultra-vigilant in preparing resumes, cover letters and other job application materials,” Mr Tim Hird, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore commented. “Even the smallest typo will make candidates look bad, and at a time when competition for jobs is still intense, there is certainly no room for slip-ups. A well-written resume is the key to opening doors to interviews and job opportunities, so it is definitely worthwhile to put in that extra effort.”
So what can you do to make sure your documents are error-free? Robert Half has some tips to avoid careless, sometimes downright embarrassing, typographical mistakes.