Majority of Resumes Have Spelling, Grammar Errors


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found that 70 percent of résumés assessed had several spelling and grammatical errors. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Employers expect candidates at the six-figure level to have an impeccable command of written English, and they may discard résumés with even one typo or other error. WHAT NOT TO DO: Most individuals miss important factors such as consistency in currency and numerals, correctly identifying idioms, applying serial commas consistently, employing active language, and ensuring modifiers are utilized correctly. WHAT TO DO: It is imperative that someone with expertise in Canadian English spelling, grammar, and style proofread and edit the résumé prior to distribution. (EDITOR’S NOTE: and, of course, American English for US job-seekers.)

*Graham Management Group (GMG), a Canadian firm specializing in career-transition solutions for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals, examined and analyzed 1,000 résumés submitted in 2009 to the group by senior-level Canadians. GMG performed the analysis by methodically applying validated strategic résumé principles and theories in a structured manner across all documents. We’re excerpting some results of this analysis over the next several weeks.