Everyone makes spelling mistakes now and then; after all no one is perfect. That said, most recruiters and hiring managers don’t give job applicants a second chance if they have spelling mistakes on their resume.
Spelling errors are one of the major detractors on resumes. You may think it’s too harsh to exclude candidates who can’t spell well, but time is money. For generic vacancies like administrative assistants, office support, junior or entry-level positions, selection is often done through elimination, as this type of jobs don’t require a specific skill set. However, having good communication skills is a must! As a result those who can’t spell will not make the first cut.
Here’s a quick test of your spelling ability. How many of the words in this chart can you spell correctly?
|Correct spelling||Common misspellings||Correct spelling||Common misspellings|
|accommodate, accommodation||accomodate, accomodation||independent||independant|
|aggressive, aggression||agressive, agression||knowledge||knowlege|
|a lot||alot||liaise, liaison||liase, liason|
|beginning||begining||occurred, occurring||occured, occuring|
|calendar||calender||preferred, preferring||prefered, prefering|
|curiosity||curiousity||referred, referring||refered, refering|
Sadly, within the last five years, I have seen a sharp decrease in spelling ability among job seekers. With the increase in texting as a viable form of communication, words and sentences have shrunk to symbols and acronyms. In addition, the rise in popularity of social media platforms such as Twitter, where you have a limited space to express your thoughts, has taken the fully written word and compacted it, creating a brand new form of communication.