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September 16, 2009

The Tale of the Typos

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: , , 1:55 pm

If you do much hiring you’ve undoubtedly had the pleasure of spending hours and hours working your way through stacks of resumes.   You also probably have your own “internal resume grading standard.”    How many typos, spelling mistakes, formatting problems or grammatical errors will you tolerate before “filing” a resume in the trash? One? Three? Five?      Well you’re probably not surprised to learn that someone has actually conducted a survey on the subject.

According to a study by Account temps, a large staffing firm, 40% of executives said it would take only 1 typo to relegate a resume to recycling and 76% indicated that just 1 or 2 typos would take someone out of contention .  Some real life examples of less than stellar resumes/cover letters included the following:

  • “I am a rabid typist.
  • ”Dear Sir or Madman.”
  • “Goog at computer work.”
  • “Dealing with customers conflicts that arouse.”
  • “Following is a grief overview of my skills.”
  • “Reason for leaving last job:   Fried.”
  • “Have a keen eye for derail.”

See for more examples.


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