Best Job Resume Spelling and Punctuation Tips

Released on = July 3, 2006, 11:07 am

Press Release Author = Mark Baber

Industry = Human Resources

Press Release Summary = Improve your odds of getting hired. Learn how your resume,
cover letter and other hiring relating documents can get you hired fast, by finding
and removing common spelling and punctuation errors that can eliminate you from the
hiring process - often without you even knowing. Read this artlice and learn how to
use your resume to open the doors to your new employment.

Press Release Body = You have heard it a million times: \"you only get one chance to
make a good \'first\' impression.\" In a job search, that is doubly true. The materials
you deliver to a prospective employer or contractor as an introduction to you as a
possible candidate, must express your unique skills and, through the points
highlighted in the materials, show you to be the best choice for the job in
question. Simple spelling errors, or misuse of words, or lack of punctuation, all
transgressions diminish the message you are sending to the hiring authority. Such
errors suggest you don\'t attend to details, and maybe, that you are not reliable.
Here at , we can offer suggestions for identifying and
removing such text oriented mishaps. We coordinate our tutorials with professional
recruiters from , known as RECRUIT SERVICES], so the
suggestions we offer are effective in helping you improve your job search documents.

If you are trying to convince someone to hire you, you want to answer questions
before they are asked, not raise them before they become issues. Check your resume,
cover letter, references, etc. against some of the most common spelling and
punctuation related mistakes revealed in this article, so those oversights won\'t
bruise the integrity of your job search documents. Don\'t assume your \"spell check\"
software will identify all misused or misspelled words. It won\'t, as proven below.
But learn how to search for and find them, if any lurk in your own documents. It all
comes down to basic good grammar.

Correct spelling and word usage is essential to good grammar. There is a huge
difference in meaning between the words "there" and "they\'re" and "their," yet many
people commonly - and incorrectly - exchange the spelling and definitions of those
words one-for-another. A spell check will approve the misuse of those words every
time, because there is no misspelling; the spelling is inherently correct, even
though the usage is not, as one word is replaced for another.. Some other commonly
misused and misspelled words that find their ways stealthily through your best spell
check device, include: "then/than;" "manager/manger;" "company\'s/companies;"
\"sells/sales,\" \"disk/disc,\" \"an/and,:\" \"tune/toon,\" \"receipt/receipe,\" and a list of
other sound-alike words. You have to search your own documents for those mistakes.
Don\'t rely on your spell checker. One easy, but thorough, way to check your job
resume and other documents, is to read them from top to bottom, by phrase - does
each phrase make sense? - any errors? - punctuation correct?

Correct punctuation is another consideration for expressing good grammar, and
essential for creating clear business communications. The rules of usage are
confusing at times, but reflect common sense communications. People, who are often
unsure of correct punctuation while they are writing, can usually recognize
incorrect punctuation when they are reading. Therefore, it makes good sense to
understand the correct usage for common punctuation marks, such as the period, the
comma, the question mark, the exclamation point, quotation marks, apostrophes,
colons and semicolons Keep it simple. If you keep your writing straightforward and
compelling, there is no requirement to use elaborate displays of punctuation. If you
want a deeper understanding of punctuation, access one of the many tutorials
available on the subject, as found on the Internet

Correct capitalization can also be included under the heading of \'Punctuation.\'
Often times, the best way to critique your writing for correct punctuation and
capitalization is to read your text aloud, see if it makes good sense and flows
without uncomfortable pauses or long, ponderous passages. Don\'t get caught making
the most common, rookie mistake, which is to forget to capitalize the name of a
State, or City, or the \"Inc.\" part of a company name, or the full job title - like
\"General manager,\" or one of the other dozen or so areas where proper capitalization
of words is typically found on resume or cover letter documents. That is why it is
so important for you to proofread your resume and other documents. Better you find
such a mistake as a prospective employer find it. Do it.

Strive to keep your materials brief, well organized, and focused to send select
messages. But understand that regardless of how hard you may try to maintain
simplicity, sometimes things get complicated. At those times, your sentence
structure becomes more complex, so it has to be reliable. Cover Letters and job
descriptions are good examples of how things we say come out sounding complicated.
Complex sentences can contain several phrases or clauses, and punctuating them
correctly is the key to making them understandable to your reader. If you leave your
reader hanging in midair because your improper use of a comma creates a sentence
fragment that doesn\'t conclude, the reader will feel confused, and be forced to
reread what you wrote in order to understand it.

If the subject of your writing is at all complex, the telling can sometimes become
complex, and you risk losing your audience entirely if you further complicate the
concepts being presented by clouding them with bad grammar. Therefore, check and
recheck your written documents and spoken word presentation drafts for sentence
fragments, run on sentences and misplaced phrases and clauses, and improper
punctuation. Make certain you capitalize your writing appropriately. Double check
your work. Then double check the double check you just did. Only after detailed
attention to accuracy can you be certain you have removed any spelling or
punctuation from your job search documents. At that point, you just increased your
odds of getting hired.


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Contact Details = Mark Baber
PO BOX 654
Vandalia, OH 45377
888-490-8734 phone & fax

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