Take Our Quiz | Resume and Cover Letter Typo Hunt

Ask any hiring manager or HR professional and she’ll let you know that typos often take the cake for most common, cringe-worthy application errors.

While some hiring managers may offer you the benefit of the doubt and continue reading your resume after finding an error in your materials, others will quickly shuffle your application to the bottom of the pile or even send it straight to that dreaded “no” pile.

An error-free resume and cover letter show a potential employer that you’re taking the application process seriously, take pride in your work, and have an eye for detail. So, you should definitely put some effort into honing your ability to spot a typo, spelling error, or punctuation inconsistency.

Scroll through our typo hunt to keep your typo-spotting skills sharp!

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Error: Drupal should be capitalized and Wordpress should be "WordPress." And did you spot the extra space between "In" and "my role," or the second period at the end of the sentence?

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Error: Inconsistent use of spacing around the dash. For this particular usage, a space should be included before and after the dash. There is also inconsistent use of commas in this example.

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Errors: Generally, numerals from one to nine should be spelled out. In this case, "4" should be "four." And, there's more! "Aquire" should be "acquire" and "manging" should be "managing."

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Error: Should be "decreased by more than" rather than "decreased by more then."

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Error: Should be "contractors" rather than "contracters."

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Error: Should be "led" rather than "lead."

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Error: Should be "accepted" rather than "excepted."

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Error: A job title is not generally capitalized if you're referring to a group of people who hold a particular title (as in this example).

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Error: "Months" should not have an apostrophe before the "s." Also, "webiste" should be spelled "website."

Once you’ve tested your skills with all of the flash cards, check out these additional resources that will help you to keep your resume and cover letter looking professional and consistent.

Do you have others questions about resume and cover letter grammar, formatting, or punctuation? Ask us in the comments or tweet us at @idealistcareers.

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Comments

    • Tess
    • November 26, 2017
    Reply

    In #2, surprise! There’s a THIRD error on that card. Yikes.

      • Alexis Perrotta
      • November 28, 2017
      Reply

      Yikes indeed! Looks like the additional error got cut off on the “error” side of the card. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  1. Reply

    This is great, thanks! Editing takes time and it’s always great to have several others check over resumes.
    Is content coordinator in the same situation as the other job titles?
    En dashes are ideal for spans of time, if the software can produce them. At least, from the style guide I’m using at my workplace.

      • Alexis Perrotta
      • December 5, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Laura, and thanks for your comment! We didn’t want to give away any of the errors, so we couldn’t publish your entire comment, but good eye! In regards to your question about “content coordinator,” most career experts agree that it’s okay to capitalize a job title on your resume or cover letter, especially for aesthetic reasons (even though you don’t capitalize job titles in most other situations). Does that align with your own editing practices?

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