Deadly Mistakes to Avoid: Typos and Grammar

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Job seeking is competitive.

Something as little as a typo in your resume or cover letter is often enough to knock you out of contention for a position. Follow these simple tips to make sure your application isn’t ending up in the recycling bin.

How do I avoid spelling and grammar errors?

  • Read over your work multiple times.
  • Send it to people in your network
    • An extra set of eyes might see mistakes you missed
    • Especially true if you know anyone with Human Resources or hiring experience
  • Consider using an online tool
    • Grammarly is an easy to use web extension and website that will read over your work and make various spelling and grammar edits.
      • As a bonus, Grammarly is compatible with the CareerJSM Resume and Email Builder tools.

How we can help

We know that spelling and grammar isn’t everyone’s strong suit, that’s why we built the Email and Resume Builder tools. These tools take care of formatting so you can focus on great content. By combining our features with a tool like Grammarly, and proofreaders in your network, you can be sure that your writing is error free.

Bottom Line

When you are short on time or are feeling stressed, it is easy to overlook simple mistakes. However, job seeking is competitive and there is no room for error. Read over your work, have someone review it, and use a tool like Grammarly to ensure there are no mistakes.

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