Job Hunting Advice

The Importance of Proofreading

Your resume and cover letter are the basis of an employer's first impression of you. A typographical error blatantly undermines the image of competence you are seeking to project.

Research has found that if the first and last letters of an English word are correct, but the letters between are scrambled, an experienced reader will still able to read the word. The eye effectively "reads" the first and last letter and fills in what it expects to see in between. This speeds up reading comprehension but, unfortunately, allows typographical and spelling errors to escape the writer's notice.

Proofreading is nothing more than rereading a document to find and correct these errors. On your first pass, strive to see each and every character (including spaces), taking particular care to read every letter in every word. It is highly advisable to skim the text for sense and clarity in a second pass. You should also check for consistent spacing, font size, and overall appearance.

A second, fresh set of eyes often finds things the writer will overlook. If someone is willing to proofread your documents, take advantage of the offer.

Take the time to proofread your resume and cover letters. Employers expect such thoroughness from potential employees.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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