Sloppy is as sloppy does.
Since Crowley Webb is such a great place to work, we see hundreds of resumes every year, and very few actually pass the grammar test. I look for mistakes before I even read a resume for content, and almost every time there’s some error or inconsistency. The major offenders seem to be periods at the end of bullets, misuse of tenses, and what our CEO, Jim Hettich, likes to call “hyphenitis.” I’ll likely redline your resume and hand it back to you, while Jim will kick off the interview talking about your hyphenitis. Probably not the first impression you were hoping to make.
I came across this blog article by Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, earlier today and couldn’t agree more with his sentiments or passion. With everything you write, even once you’re gainfully employed, pay attention to detail and proofread your work. Spell and grammar check alone won’t do the job. Read your work aloud, go through your document backward, or have someone else give it a once over. Those few minutes of extra time will pay off in the long run. Trust me.
And yes, I’m having our proofreader look this over before posting so I’m not the one with egg on my face.
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