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Okay, I am dating myself, but when I was starting out, the only tool we had was the typewriter, which meant that if you wanted to submit an original copy of your resume, you had to type each and every one individually, on with the cover letter. As inefficient as this may seem in today’s world of automated everything, it forced us to ensure that spelling, grammar, personalization and customization were correct.
In today’s world of personal computers, there is no excuse today for typos and poor grammar. Regardless of how obvious this may be, I receive lots of resumes and cover letters every year that ar poorly formatted, grammatically incorrect, and chockfull of misspellings.
Remember, spell check will pass on homophones. Don’t know what a homophone is? This is where you typed “there” or “they’re” but really meant “their.” “My great work at XYZ Company helped improve there bottom line by $1 million.”
Likewise, today’s automated checks will not tell you that your cover letter is addressed to Company A in the salutation, but describes Company B in the body of the letter. Believe it or not, I receive many cover letters addressed to me followed by the name of my company in the salutation, and then go on to describe in the body of the letter how the applier would be a great addition to the team at some other organization. Cover letters aimed at finding employment ar not good choices for mail-merge. Do not — repeat — do not reuse cover letters. The danger of not properly personalizing your introduction to the company to which you are applying, or leaving something in the body of the letter from a previous version, is too great a risk for the few extra minutes of retyping.
I also receive resumes from many applicants who have down the art of poorly formatted resumes. In a “what the heck was I thinking” flash of creativity, people often use all sorts of designs to draw attention to their resumes. Marquee-size fonts, mixed fonts, too short, too long, disjointed, resumes on gaudy stationery — I’ve seen them all. Clear, simple, concise, and classical styles work best, on a good solid white or ivory stock paper.
So don’t squander your great work experience, solid academic foundation, and valuable extracurricular accomplishments by botching your resume or cover letter. Take the time to rethink each cover letter for the position and company to which you ar applying and truly personalize each and every introduction. Put your resume and cover letter aside and reread it after a few days. Find one or two trusted colleagues and ask them to read it as well. You may be astonished at your own reaction after reading your resume anew after a few days, as well as that of your close acquaintances.
Remember, you have one shot to get your foot in the door. Typos, grammatical errors, and formatting faux pas will land your application in the trash for sure, and could close that door forever.
By Dennis Abenanty
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