Guess how long it
takes for employers to look over most resumes. If you read the title
of this article you already know the answer. But you may not believe it.
Well, it's true.
Most resumes get only 10 to 30 seconds of attention by the person who
is reviewing them. And the people who submitted those resumes are out
of luck. They don't even get considered for the jobs they were
This may seem
unfair, but there's a good reason why those resumes got discarded so
quickly. They had some kind of error in them. It may have been a
spelling error. Or, maybe it was a grammatical error. Or it could
have just been messy. Whatever the error was, though, it told the
person reviewing the resume that the person who wrote it didn't care
enough to make sure it was correct.
Your resume is
your introduction to the person you hope will hire you. It's in your
best interest to spend the time to be sure it doesn't get thrown out
before they even have a chance to see what you have to offer.
Be careful when
you are writing it. Get someone else who knows how to spot obvious
errors to read it and point out any errors you may have made. Then
make the changes and check it again. It's worth the effort.
Of course, there's
more to a good resume than just correct spelling, punctuation, and
grammar. You're trying to let the employer know enough about you that
they will want to talk to you in person.
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