Still… The Most Misspelled Word on Professional Resumes

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on Nov 8, 2016. Posted inBlogging In Balance

(Reposted from 2014… because we still see this daily)

Working in a recruiting firm, my team and I review resumes every day. Some are perfect, and some are being perfected. But what do you think is the most obvious misspelling we see on a regular basis?

Perhaps you would guess “their” versus “there”? If you were referring to writing in general that may be the case.  People regularly confuse the two in general writing.  In fact it’s a mistake I frequently catch myself making, although I usually just say it’s a typo. 🙂

If not there/their, it must be “it’s” and “‘its” right? No, but definitely another good guess.  “It’s”, which is the contracted form of “it is” or “it has”, is frequently confused with “its” as well, but there is one flaw in that logic.  “It’s” and “its” are not words you see frequently on resumes; so although they are commonly misused, they just are not used much in this context.  (By the way, for those that are curious, “its” is just the possessive form of “it”.)

manger sceneThe most commonly misspelled word on professional resumes is <drum roll>… the word “manager”, unless of course you really are in charge of something that involves “mangers”.  People frequently commit the typo that leaves out the middle “a” in “manager”, leaving a word that word processing programs still recognize – the word “manger”.  So even if you use the spell-check function, the mistake doesn’t get corrected.  You are proudly announcing to the world that you are an “Accounting Manger”, “Manger of Finance”, “Payroll Manger” or the like.

So now that you know this, what do you do?  Re-read your resume of course, and go to the extra step of having a friend read it as well.  Often it is difficult for us to see errors such as this when we are the author.  However, I guarantee you that the employer reviewing your resume will notice.  And they may not find it as entertaining as I.

I wish you the best in your job search!

Mark Goldman CPA
mgoldman@mgrar.com