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Resume Mistakes: How Many Can You Afford?

Resume Mistakes: How Many Can You Afford?
How many mistakes can you make on your resume before it gets disregarded. / Credit: Erasure image via Shutterstock

When sending out résumés, you better make sure to dot your i's and cross your t's.

A simple typo on your résumé can prove costly, according to a new study by staffing firm Accountemps. Specifically, 63 percent of senior managers said just one or two résumé mistakes would eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job.

Just 9 percent of those surveyed said they would overlook four or more résumé gaffes.

Despite their overwhelming aversion to mistakes, employers today are more tolerant of errors than they were five years ago, the research shows. Only 17 percent said a single snafu would land a résumé in the "no" pile, compared with 40 percent in 2009 and 47 percent in 2006.   

Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, said that even in the era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, the quick and casual nature of communication today shouldn't extend to the job application process.

"Job seekers should take great care in crafting, proofreading and submitting their résumés," Messmer said. "Attention to detail is required for most jobs, and a résumé should showcase this skill, not detract from it."

The study was based on surveys of more than 300 senior managers in the United States at companies with 20 or more employees.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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