After writing anything, the most important step is to proofread that document but a lot of candidates skip that. Here we will see why skipping that one step can be fatal for your resume and what you can do about it.
Imagine, opening a resume and finding it to be full of errors, it would be such an unpleasant experience to go through it or in some cases might create misunderstandings, thus, proofreading is the process of making a document free of any type of error.
The point of proofreading is to ensure that the message you wanted to show in your resume is communicated in the correct way to the recruiter. When you go through a text once again there are many new ideas and your idea gets clearer with each step, so portraying what you want to the desired target also gets easier. An overview of your resume will help you remove any type of error, which otherwise when caught by the recruiter will give a tardy image. It makes you look unprepared and nervous which is the last thing you want to be a part of your first impression.
Some of the most common errors are- Spelling error, grammatical error, wrong sentence structure, irrelevant/ inconsistent data, punctuation error. These silly errors can cost you your interview at your dream company and make your resume look weak. A resume’s content is as important as its presentation. The vocabulary need not be fancy but it needs to be correct.
One of the main reasons why proofreading is important is to pass your resume through an ATS, Applicant Tracking System. An ATS scans through resumes to match relevant keywords and data to shortlist candidates just on the basis of their resume. The candidates who clear this go to the next round, but imagine misspelling a keyword or placing is in the wrong section. The ATS would completely ignore it and move on and you can say goodbye to the interview. Even without the ATS, most resumes are discarded by the recruiters after catching typos and faulty sentences.
One way to reduce the efforts while proofreading is to carry out extensive research before writing your resume and carry out an in-depth edit, i.e. plan where to put which information. Make it handwritten before you type it out. This way you are forced to read it at least one more time. The best time to proofread is in the morning, the time when you’ve just woken up, washed your face and fell fresh, what you wrote isn’t very clear in your mind so you read everything carefully and mistakes are caught more easily. Every fact that you wrote based on the company’s interest should be double-checked as factual errors will not be met with kind eyes.
Do not compromise. If there is anything that you do not like when you read it, rewrite or revise it. Sometimes keeping all updates resumes as separate files will help for understanding where you usually face problems. Thus will make future resume writing easier.
Like good men have said, learn from your mistakes, look back and see what kind of mistakes you are prone to make and make sure you don’t repeat it. Then again it is sometimes difficult to catch your own mistakes as we know what we have written and tend to skip over it. In such a scenario, consider getting help from professional proofreading service providers. Whether you do it yourself or from somewhere else, do not skip it at any cost. Avoid using free online spelling checkers as they give you a false sense of confidence all the while not catching some important flaws, so be careful and use proper services.
Proofreading is the final step between you and the recruiter, thus it is important to sit back and take a look at the resume you created. Proofreading is that cherry on top that will make all the difference. I hope you make a spectacular resume and don’t forget to proofread it! All the best !!