Grammar and spelling errors on a résumé aren’t as deadly, hiring-wise, as they used to be. In a new Accountemps study, only 17% of employers said they’d toss your CV if it had a glitch, down from 47% in 2006. (Who doesn’t become inured to typos, reading Gawker or BuzzFeed all day?) Still, sending a résumé that screams “I didn’t care enough to proofread this!” is a big chance to take, so clean it up with these hacks:
1. Read It Out Loud
Print the résumé out and read it aloud, both forward and backward, to catch repeated words.
2. Don’t skip lines
Go line by line: Use a sheet of paper or a note card to isolate each row of text, and read slowly down the page to proof.
3. Grammar Counts
Identify mistake categories—numbers, punctuation, homophones (its, it’s)—then scan for one type at a time.
4. Don’t Space Out
Flip the résumé upside down, then on its side, to catch spacing glitches.
5. Always Make it a PDF
Convert it to a PDF, so you know exactly what it’ll look like when it’s opened (bye-bye, MS Word conversion snafus).