Do you really care about how you present yourself? There are many job seekers that obviously don’t because they make stupid, careless mistakes.
With the advent of technology and spell check we have overcome many of the problems associated with misspelled words on our resumes and cover letters. Of course there are still those that insist that they have the correct spelling and choose to stick with the word they typed. I don’t know what we do with them, but that’s a topic for a later time.
What we haven’t overcome is incorrect word choice. Some of the more common problems are the misuse of there, their, and they’re; another is your and you’re. I know there are many others and you are welcome to add your pet peeves to the list.
There relates to a place: i.e. over there or we are going there.
Their is possesive and relates to ownership: i.e. it is their house or their car.
They’re (they are) relates to more than one person doing something: i.e. they’re going to the movie.
Your is again possessive: i.e. it’s your turn or your house.
You’re (you are) relates to you doing something: i.e. you’re going to work.
What I’m getting at in this article is that you must care about what you are putting in front of reruiters and other resume readers. I’m going to get on my soapbox here and I apologize for that, but you have to care. Your resume isn’t just something to do, it’s something you must do and if you are serious about your job search you must do it well.
Don’t be haphazard and lackadaisical about this process, especially in this economy. The jobs are out there, but there is a tremendous amount of competition and the reality is that recruiters are looking for reasons to eliminate resumes. It’s not because they are jerks, but that they are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of resumes received. They need a quick process and if you don’t care; WHY SHOULD THEY?
Make sure your resume has IMPACT.