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Real Business : Issue 3 2012
RECRUITERS say resumés are about marketing. A good cover letter will focus on the needs of the employer and what you can do for them. ey want to know how your skills match the job requirements and how you'll be able to slip into the job seamlessly. Market yourself well and the chances are you'll be a real contender. Yet this is only half the story. A resumé is equally about rst impressions; a winning resumé will hold a reader's interest in the same way as an essay or short story. Your resumé is a story designed to form positive pictures in a reader 's mind. GET A SECOND OPINION Good writing is half storytelling, half care. Typos, non-sequiturs and bad grammar give the reader How to ...proofread a resumé STORY ADAM COURTENAY the impression they are dealing with a sloppy brain. at's where proofreading comes in. Ask someone you admire to give a second opinion. You may dislike the criticism, but the proofreader is your closest proxy to a potential inter viewer. Daryl Keeley, managing director of Macro Recruitment, says if your resumé is looked at for longer than 10 seconds, you're in with a chance. If within 30 seconds a spelling or grammatical mistake is seen, your resumé will end up in the circular ling basket. Employers insist on good communication skills from job seekers. " ey want to be con dent you understand their instructions, can communicate your ideas and communicate professionally to their clients," Keeley says. "Correct grammar is so important to companies that proofreading businesses have sprung up to cater for this need." CORRECT YOUR GRAMMAR Perry Yeldham, a former chief subeditor for e Australian Financial Review, says grammar is increasingly the forgotten discipline. " e modern keyboard allows fast typing and streams of thought are put down at rapid speeds," Yeldham says. "We prize speed over accuracy and many think shortened terms and jargon are cooler than the correct word in a properly written sentence. " e days of crafted sentences have been eroded by the need for speed, the need to break a story on a news website, the need to tell all your Facebook friends about an important event and the need for a quick email." Last year Keeley received an application from a job seeker who had omitted the letter "f " when typing "shift" in their resumé. "I immediately ran a keyword search to see who else could have made the same mistake," he says. "It put a new spin on career choices of afternoon shift workers, computer shift operators and shift assistants." Many people believe spellcheckers will also x style and grammar, but Keeley says they are more often the problem than the solution. CHECK YOUR FACTS Grammar is one thing, facts are another. Check all names of companies and people. If there are di erent spellings on the internet, ring the company and check. If a person's name is of foreign origin, getting it right can be a de nite bonus. GETTY IMAGES CHECK YOUR FACTS: getting names, spelling and grammar right will keep your resumé from the shredder. Perfecting your resumé Daryl Keeley, managing director of Macro Recruitment, offers these basic tips: Ask a friend who pays high attention to detail to read over your resumé. If you don't have anyone to read your document, try putting it aside for a few minutes then re-read it. Print out your resumé and proofread it. Expect to rewrite each sentence at least three times. Ifyouarenotsureifyou have spelt a word correctly, use a dictionary. Don't rely on the computer's spellcheck. 7 PRACTICAL ADVICE
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