The number of grammatical errors I see on resumes prompts me to think about the reasons behind their frequency. Is it carelessness on the part of the resume's author who knows better? Or is it lack of knowledge on some of the basic concepts of correct grammar? Is it too much trust in the spellcheck features? Or do some job seekers just believe that Human Resources and hiring managers will ignore them because “grammar really doesn't matter." The easiest of these to refute is the last one. For Human Resources and hiring managers, grammar mistakes can be one of the first red flags that move a resume into the “C-Pile" within the first few seconds. And a resume immediately placed in the “C-Pile" means it's been completely rejected. Grammar mistakes are one of the top 2-3 irritants for many of these resume reviewers. Many job seekers ask “What's the big deal?" Why does it matter if my resume confuses “its" with “it's?" It matters because the mistake is seen as a sign of carelessness, or inattention to detail, or lack of awareness, or lack of knowledge, or… There are multiple lists of the “most common grammar errors" on the internet. I've selected the following five to highlight because they are the ones I see as the most common on resumes.
September 09, 2015