One Resume Mistake Can Cost You the Job
September 10, 2009
Job seekers take note: One false stroke at the keyboard could send your resume into the “circular file.” Three out of four (76 percent) executives interviewed said just one or two typos in a resume would remove applicants from consideration for a job; 40 percent said it takes only one typo to rule candidates out.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.
Executives were asked, “How many typos in a resume does it take for you to decide not to consider a job candidate for a position with your company?” Their responses:
• One 40%
• Two 36%
• Three 14%
• Four or more 7%
• Don’t know/no answer 3%
“Employers view the resume as a reflection of the applicant,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Job Hunting For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “If you make errors on your application materials, the assumption is you’ll make mistakes on the job.”