|One of my favorite superheros|
How important is proofreading? In Forbes Magazine today, they list "6 Sure Ways to Sabotage Your Job Search." What is #1? Failing to proofread your resume, cover letter, and any other materials for your job search. The article cites a statistic from the 2012 survey by the CareerBuilder job site that, 61 percent of employers will automatically dismiss a job candidate due to typos in their resume.
By the way, 35 percent also said they will automatically dismiss a job candidate with an inappropriate email address. So if you've been attached to email@example.com, it's time to get a more professional email address for your job search. This was also addressed in an article titled "6 Fatal Mistakes Job Seekers Make." See mistake #4, being sloppy, unprofessional , or old-fashioned in written and online communication.
|This one probably cost someone their job - Washington Nationals|
- Relying too heavily on spell check. Do you just run spell check and not read through your documents yourself? If so, you may be missing some important errors in word usage, numbers, and other areas not caught by traditional spellcheckers. Let your document sit overnight, then come back and read it again with fresh eyes. Better yet, have someone else read it and you may find not only typos, but errors in other areas as well. You have likely prepared the material, drafted it, edited it, and completed the final copy all yourself. In doing so, your brain will automatically read what you intended to write even if made an error or left out a word. Someone else will likely catch these errors.
- Not using software tools to your advantage. Just as you can rely too heavily on spell check, you can also not rely enough on the software tools you have in front of you. If you are using Office 2007 or newer, there is an addition to the colored underlines alerting you to possible errors. Most everyone is familiar with the red underline (indicating a possible misspelling) and the green underline (indicating a possible grammar or sentence structure error), but you have watched for the blue underline? This is probably my favorite because I willing admit that I'm a terrible speller. The blue underline indicates a possible error in word usage. For instance, look at these two sentences. The word bear and bare would have a blue underline in Office 2007 or newer because it is misused in one of the sentences.
- I walked across the floor in my bear feet.
- I walked across the floor in my bare feet.
|Dierbergs Sale Flyer|
|I've seen this slogan on a local van several times|
|From the Walgreens near my house|
|Local news isn't immune - KSDK from January 2012|
|This one has been making its way around Facebook|
|Christmas in Cottleville banner at Mid Rivers and Highway N|
|This one probably got someone in hot water - NIT|
|From the Shopko in Quincy, IL|
|Posted by a friend in Nashville, TN|
|From a restaurant in Seward, Alaska - posted by a colleague|