Spelling mistakes in your job application can sink your chances of getting hired. This is because errors and typos mean more than just a letter or two in the wrong order. These gaffs can speak to your attention to detail and the amount of effort you put into an application.
It is possible to submit an error-free document. You can proofread it carefully – take a break and then proof it again with fresh eyes. Then have a friend with solid writing skills proofread it for you.
Therefore, if you send in a resume or cover letter with spelling mistakes in it, it could imply to employers that you didn’t take the time to polish it or that you simply don’t know the proper way to spell the words you are using. Either way, not a good look for a potential hire.
So, for your next job application, here are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid. The resume writing team from resume.io have released a list of the words they most frequently find spelled incorrectly in the resumes they review. They analysed over 2,000 resumes and surveyed 1,248 people to quantify the most recurring resume errors.
Somewhat ironically, nearly one-third of people misspell ‘detail-orientated’ in their job applications. A quarter of so-called ‘perfectionists’ can’t spell the word correctly.
Watch out for these.
The 10 most commonly misspelled words in resumes
(Along with the percent of times they are spelled wrong in resumes analyzed)
1. Initiative – 32 per cent
2. Detail-orientated – 29 per cent
3. Perfectionist – 25 per cent
4. Management – 21 per cent
5. Professional – 17 per cent
6. Implemented – 14 per cent
7. Corresponding – 14 per cent
8. Achieved – 9 per cent
9. Accurate – 7 per cent
10. Succeeded – 5 per cent
Another thing to look out for is that many people misspell the company name of the job that they are applying for. Remember that company names are brand essentials. Exact spelling, spacing and capitalization matter. (You want to work for Microsoft, not MicroSoft. Walmart, not Wal-Mart. McDonalds, not MacDonalds.)
Earlier, Google released their list of the words most commonly misspelled in their search engine. These included some tricky ones such as: separate, definitely, paid, and laid off. (People tend to think this last one is ‘layed off.’)
Want to make sure your next job application doesn’t include any of these potentially deal-breaking errors? Here is how to proofread like a professional editor.