The real cost of mistakes in a resume

The real cost of mistakes in a resume

If you are applying for a role with a salary of, let’s say $60k (package) and you have written a 350-word application/covering letter and you divide 350 into the 60K … it means every word on that page has a potentially value of $171.42.

Let’s have some fun with this

  • 3 spelling mistakes – deduct $514.26
  • 1 Grammatical error – deduct another $171.42
  • Spelt the recipient’s name wrong – deduct another $171.42
  • Typed the wrong job title of the role you are applying for – deduct another $171.42

Actually, let’s stop here because by this stage they probably won’t even bother reading any further.    Anyone reviewing applications will take the approach of if you cannot be bothered getting this right, then we cannot be bothered reading your application.

HOT TIP: You need to tailor every application letter to the role you are applying for.  Sending a ‘standard letter’ doesn’t work. It is obvious that it is a ‘one size fits all’ type of letter and doesn’t do anything to help you be a stand out candidate.\

Resumes / CV’s
We all have a master copy of our resume, but for some applications you might need to extrapolate on some areas, cut back on others. In other words, tailor your resume for a specific application. Highlighting what skills/experience you have that is most relevant to that particular application.  Oh and perhaps you could include a hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile in your contact details?

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