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7 Top Resume Grammatical Errors and How to Get Rid of Them

7 Top Resume Grammatical Errors and How to Get Rid of Them

Resumes are the lifeline of everyone who imagines themselves ever employed, because they carry a lot of weight. Naturally your resume is the first point of interaction between your skills, experience and qualifications-to the employer and as such, needs to be treated with the utmost care and due diligence it deserves.

And whereas there are numerous facets and parameters that determine whether a resume makes an impact or not, grammar is one very important aspect you have to give weight before you post or submit a job resume for consideration. Here are 7 grammatical mistakes people make in their resumes and how you can rectify or avoid them.

  1. Changing tenses when you are writing your resume is a complete no-no, especially when you are listing your work description for places you have worked before. This part is quite sensitive because, often, mixing the present and the future at that stage is easy and hence, you need to watch out for that. At all times, keep past details in the past tense and new things in the present, etc.
  2. Date inconsistencies are also very common and it’s essential to watch out against them. For instance, if you select a format like dd/mm/yy doesn’t vary it for mm/yy/dd and so forth. This merely shows the potential employer you are not consistent and it may lock you out on an opportunity that would make you the best candidate. Choose and stick to one format through and through.
  3. Capitalization is another aspect you need to be on the lookout for when you are writing your resume. At all costs, desist from the temptation to write a resume that has both small and capital letters mixed for nouns verbs and so forth. It’s essential that you capitalize all proper nouns as a starter-do research on the other applicable capitalization rules to be on the safe side.
  4. Justification and returns setting to do with the spaces between sections in the resume is also another aspect you would like to take care of and avoid. In a nutshell, it’s very essential that you learn and maintain a specific indentation and spacing between sections in the resume at all times.
  5. It’s also very imperative that you look out for the punctuation mistakes in the resume. This includes parameters like full stops, hyphens colons and semi colons, etc. As much as possible, ensure that the punctuation you use makes sense and is appropriately used.
  6. Misspellings are also a very common grammar mistakes in resumes according to recruiters. It’s a sign that you are lazy and did not take your time to apply and hence, no need to slot you in the posting. You need to spell check each time you complete a resume to be on the safe side.
  7. Lasts, it’s always important to state abbreviations. There is a possibility only you know about it, so-always state it clearly. For example, when you write about something in California, add CA to denote the state, etc.

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Resume Help, Resume Advice. Learn
and avoid these biggest resume mistakes
 
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and avoid these biggest resume mistakes