step 10: proofreading.

  • resumes
  • June 22, 2017

Congratulations! You have organized all of the information that you need to make a great impression with your resume. However, you have now come to the most important step in the process — proofreading. Consider this your insurance policy, a small investment at the end of the process that will protect all of the time that you invested into crafting your successful resume.

why proofreading is the most important step.

  • There is no easier reason to eliminate a prospect then typos or misspellings on a resume. In short, grammatical errors kill your chances. 
  • Chances are you are applying for several jobs at several companies. Proofing also allows you to ensure you are tailoring your resume for this specific position.

things to look for while proofreading.

  • Misspellings 
  • Grammatical errors 
  • Outdated information 
  • Consistent formatting and sentence structure (present vs. past tense, action verbs, etc.)

proofreading with a spell checker.

  • Use the spell checker on Microsoft Word, Google Docs or where ever you creating your resume as your first line of defense against misspellings. 
  • One of the best ways to use a traditional spell checker is to simply note where it places redlines on your page — which are words that your spell checker does not recognize. You can easily see all of the possible mistakes in this way without accepting automatic corrections on them. 
  • Be aware that spell checkers do not catch everything. “Realized” and “relied” are both spelled correctly, so if you use one word when you meant to use another, your spell checker will not catch it.

additional proofreading resources.

  • Online tools: Hemingway App and Grammarly are two of the most popular programs, although a simple Google search for “proofreading tools” will return even more resources for you to consider. You may also consider partnering with Monster's Resume Writing Service to have your resume professionally written.
  • Friends and family: Ask someone close to you to review your resume. Often times, someone else reading your resume will spot errors that you have missed. If you can get someone in your industry of choice to read your resume, that’s even better. The most important thing is to find a friend or family member who will give you honest feedback. 
  • Yourself: Even after you used spell checker or asked someone else to read your resume, take one more look. Read your document word-for-word slowly and out loud, even backwards. It may sound silly, but you would be amazed at how effective this can be at finding errors.

Now you’re an expert! Submit your resume to Randstad today and we’ll contact you when we find a job that matches your skills and qualifications.