I've made this mistake and every single resume I've ever checked, or application I've ever helped someone fill out, has had the same problem…typos!
Spelling errors and typos are the number one mistake recruiters report they see. And other job seekers have told us they make it. It can absolutely keep you from getting hired.
Professional recruiters we work with confirm that a lot of times applications with spelling errors and typos wind up in the trash. That can sound pretty harsh, especially if you've been spending a lot of time filling out a lot of applications. But, it's easy to get tired and make mistakes.
Sometimes the job doesn't even have to do with spelling, so why do employers care so much about whether or not you've made a typo on your resume or application? Choosing not to “spell check” your application or resume shows the recruiter that you're just not as interested in the job as somebody who has taken the time to edit and spell check carefully.
Editing your resume doesn't just catch things like typos. It also catches when you misspell your email address or insert your best friend's phone number instead of your own because you're more used to writing it down. We've actually heard that one happen — and the guy’s friend got hired.
We're working on another video completely dedicated to how you can use different tips and tricks to check your resume, stay tuned!
Spell checking and checking for typos can take a little more time up front, but ultimately it's going to make your job search shorter by getting you hired faster. So take the time, do it now and save time in the long run.
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