With all of the advice on the internet warning everyone that your resume is likely tossed with one typo, employers report there are too many errors of all sorts. Today, Lauren Milligan and offer advice to prepare your resume for perfection (although, we throw in a caveat with this point).
If you struggle with proofreading and editing your career documents. This episode will help you with what kinds of things to consider, and why.
I met Lauren Milligan about 5 years ago on a career panel. We kept in touch throughout the years and landed here on the show. Her career expert advice is featured on Time, Yahoo, or CareerBuilder. Back in the day, she was a co-host on a weekly podcast so you will hear how comfortable she is in our conversation. She founded the extremely successful ResuMAYDAY company located here in the Chicago area.
Here are the highlights of our discussion:
- We stated at the beginning that who helps edit a resume is critical to a quality resume.
- Common errors are spelling, typos, and grammar. Lauren notes inconsistencies in putting periods at the end of bullet points is problematic
- Lauren stated have to assume that employers will be strict about grammar on your resume, especially in the smaller details. Stating how you are detailed and then your resume failing to exhibit grammar detail will likely disqualify your candidacy
- Another anomaly in writing is when job seekers write resume summaries the same way they do bullet points. Lauren recommends full sentences in the summary, which sets up the context for the job, and highlighted fragments in the bullets but she emphasizes consistency
- She uses “I,” “Me,” and “My” in the summary part, but NOT in the bullet points. Her clients say that employers comment how well they connect to the candidate
- Lauren recommends reading your resume backwards is best to focus on each word instead of a stream of words. She emphasizes that she does not trust spellcheckers.
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