Resume spelling mistakes and who’s opinions really matters!

The Hr guy has a fantastic blog on why he doesn’t care about spelling mistakes on a resume, and the comments the stance has generated is well worth reading

But here’s where I think job-seekers, despite Lance’s stance, need to make sure their resumes are squeaky-clean.

Lance is talking form the point of view of an HR person and not the persons direct manager. HR people see you on the way in and on the way out for the most part, those times in-between they leave everything to the manager, who has to deal with you 8 hours  a day, five days a week. And with the fall-out with peers, colleagues customers etc.

If a manager hires the wrong person, letting them go from the company is a very time consuming and costly (both financially and emotionally), and that’s not taking into account the costs of hiring you, any customer impact, and how the managers “hiring skills/ability” will be judged by their manager.

The selection process, for managers, is as much (if not more so) about avoiding hiring the wrong person as it is hiring the correct person.

Also consider that a resume is the only (data point) or information I have about you. With the current economic climate, there are going to be 4 or 5 times as many people applying for the same position. As a recruiting manager if I have 30 good resume and the ability to only interview 20 of them, then I need to find some other criteria to de-select 10.  Spelling mistakes are an easy criteria in this case.

And this is why, as a job-seeker, you need to avoid anything that raises any doubt in the managers mind about your hire-ability, and I’m not talking about the HR people here, I’m talking about the people you will work for.

The fewer reasons you give them to de-select you, the greater your chances of landing the job.

I’m also curious since Lance doesn’t elaborate, how much/many spelling mistakes we should tolerate? 20% or what about 75% of the resume.

So while I applaud Lance’s stance,  until substantial HR and hiring managers feel the same way, it’s spell check, check it again and check it yet again.

Simon at

2 thoughts on “Resume spelling mistakes and who’s opinions really matters!

  1. Checking your grammar is also a good idea. Your use of “who’s” instead of “whose” caused me to assume that you were on the side of those who believe careful proofreading is unnecessary.

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