When it comes to your resume, you only have a few seconds to make a strong impression. One mistake – in the form of a typo or incorrect grammar – can sabotage all your hard work and negatively impact your chances of getting called for an interview. That’s why careful proofreading is such an important part of the resume creation process.
As one of Southern New England’s leading employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows when your resume is error-free, you can rest easy you won’t distract the hiring manager with mistakes. Instead, can put your best foot forward, shining a light on your relevant skills and experience.
To help you during the process, here are a few proofreading tips to keep in mind:
Find a quiet place.
Don’t try to proofread at your kitchen table with your family at home, running circles around you. Instead, make sure you set up a quiet area where you can focus fully on the task at hand without any distractions.
Make sure you are well-rested.
Don’t proofread at the end of the day when you’re exhausted and your mind is on overload. Instead, choose a time of day when you feel relaxed and well rested. If you’re tired, your mind won’t be as sharp, increasing the odds that you’ll miss a mistake.
Print it out.
Don’t rely on your computer screen when it comes to proofreading. It’s easier to miss mistakes online. Instead, print your resume out and proofread a hard copy of it. Mark it up and then make the changes to the document on your computer.
Whatever you do, don’t proof the document on your phone. The small screen hinders the process and boosts the odds you won’t catch as many errors.
Read it through twice.
It’s always best to proofread your resume at least twice. So read through it once – slowly – and then come back to it a while later to give it a second read-through. You’re more likely to catch all errors, inconsistencies and issues with this approach.
You can also read it silently the first time and then out loud the second. These different tactics will help you to better hone in on awkward phrases or words that don’t sound right.
Beyond proofreading the content of your resume, check the formatting too. Is your font choice professional and appropriate, such as Times, Calibri or Cambria? Is the point size big enough so the hiring manager won’t have to strain to read it? Are there any changes you should make to formatting to make the document easier to scan quickly?
Focus on the basics.
Don’t gloss over little words – like “the,” “in,” “out,” and “of” – in favor of focusing on big ones. In fact, these smaller words are often where mistakes happen. For instance, make sure you didn’t write “form” when you meant “from.”
Also pay special attention to your use of contractions, possessive tense words, and homophones, which are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. If you don’t know the correct usage, look it up.
Ask a family member or friend.
You’ve spent so much time looking at your resume, it can be hard to catch all the errors. That’s why you should always ask a friend, family member or colleague to take a look and proofread it for you. With fresh eyes and a different perspective, they’ll be able to catch mistakes, redundancies and inconsistencies that you might have overlooked.
Need more help with your resume or job search?
Call the experts at Stewart Staffing. As one of Southern New England’s leading employment agencies, we’ll get to know your background, skills and personality; we’ll then get to work matching you with opportunities that are a great fit for you. Contact us today to learn more or search our Southern new England jobs now.