Recently I encountered a great comment posted on a Facebook Group:
“Just a tip for job seekers. Make sure you use spell check, I am totally amazed of the misspelled words on this site. I was told they will not even look at a resume’ if language and spelling is not correct. That is one of my pet peeves on this site. Learn how to spell.”
Sadly, this comment was met with a great deal of criticism by people – those complaining that employers were busy “judging them” and “unfairly rating them for bad spelling”. Seeing a very disturbing trend, I had to add in a comment of support for the original posting.
Here are my views on why spelling matters on a resume:
This is an excellent point to make (commenter name). Spelling on a resume matters. The goal of your resume is tell your professional story and to make a positive impression.
Since your resume is a vital step towards putting your best foot forward, it is essential to ensure your content is spelled correctly, proper punctuation is used, and grammar rules are followed. Failing to do this shows the potential employer that:
- You don’t pay attention to detail
- You don’t respect yourself enough to showcase your skills professionally
- You don’t respect the employer
To some people spelling, punctuation, and grammar may seem trivial and not a lot of fun, but keep in mind that these tools show people how you communicate. Employers can only work with what you tell them and if what you tell them is full of mistakes, then your message won’t be taken seriously.
I was thrilled to see several new comments appear following my post, specifically this one:
“Most programs you use to write a resume have spell check and also put a red line under an incorrectly spelt word with one click you get the correct spelling. If you still have mistakes you’re just lazy.”
The reality is that we now have software that will catch at least 90% of the common language mistakes people make. There is no reason a resume needs to be submitted with glaring typos, aside from the person just being “lazy”.