By Ron Cooper
The Word Doctor
First impressions become lasting impressions when an employer receives a grammatically incorrect résumé.
In a poor economy, you need every edge you can muster to stay competitive in the job market. Misspellings and incorrect word choices are the kiss of death for eager job seekers.
A Scripps Howard News Service survey turned up these gems from résumés:
• “SKILLS: Work well with both managers and colleges.”
• “PROFILE: I am a hardworking, medicated professional.”
• “OBJECTIVE: Seeking a marketing job. Willing to travail.”
• “OBJECTIVE: To to be employed by you.”
Résumés aren’t the only problems created by careless applicants. Cover letters can also leave a bad taste in an employer’s mouth—especially from a cocky candidate.
“Don’t keep me dangling. The more you delay the hiring process, the greater the chance you will hire a real looser.”
H-m-m-m….I wonder who the real loser is?
Be watchful for proper grammar and accurate spelling when you’re angling for employment. It’s Job Number One!