Friday, January 2, 2009

Get it proofread

Now that you have finished your resume, get it proofread.

There is a difference between editing and proofreading. An editor will look at the content of your writing and may make changes to your ideas, your style and may cut or ask you to add more to what you have written. This is good and useful, but many people don't know of someone who has enough skill to edit their resume since they aren't professionals in the same field, or even HR representatives who see lots of resumes--even then, the HR person may know nothing about libraries and can make weird changes.

Proofreading looks for errors in the text and corrects them. A good proofreader will find your grammatical errors, such as forgetting a plural, messing up a tense or subject and verb agreement, or for librarians who learned English as foreign language, missing or adding articles, or incorrectly using noncount nouns as countable nouns. The proofreader can also look for errors that the spellchecker missed, such as pubic librarian, or confusables such as principle researcher--unless you researched principles, but weren't the principal researcher. The proofreader doesn't change the idea behind what you wrote, but they make your ideas come through clearly and error-free.

Don't skip this step: grammatical and spelling errors are still high on the list of why employers reject a candidate for an interview. Proofreading is the last important step in putting your resume together so you can confidently submit it to employers.

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