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Expert warns - don't let spell-check errors spoil job applications
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
A leading US recruitment expert has offered some sage advice for anyone currently completing job applications - don't rely on spell-check software to correct all your mistakes.
Advances in IT and internet technology in recent years have meant that more and more job applications are completed on computers, which has generally been seen as a massive aid in helping job-seekers unsure of their spelling and grammar.
Robert Graber, of US recruiter WallStJobs.com, however, has warned that anyone using these functions to fill job applications or write covering letters should carefully check their work before hitting send - or risk mistaken spelling changes or jarring uses of grammar spoiling their best efforts.
"There has been a tendency to equate perfect spelling with perfect grammar and it can create some amusing, but self-destructive correspondence," said Mr Graber.
"While we have noticed an improvement in the overall accuracy of resume content, it is the cover letter, with its more conversational format, that has been the document where we find the most gaffes," he added.
Examples of too-hasty applications being entered included one candidate who suggested that he could "enrage my superiors in all decision making" and another boasting "six years of forest trading experience".
Mr Graber suggested reading any job applications from back-to-front and asking another person to check it, both of which are seen as key measures to cut down on the kind of errors likely to concern any potential employer.