A recent poll asked hiring managers how many spelling errors they could tolerate on a resume or cover letter. The answer:
One or none, according to most managers. One-fifth said they throw resumes away after spotting a single mistake, according to a survey by temp agency Accountempts. Another 28% said two typos would cost applicants an interview.
So there are plenty of sticklers out there, but surprisingly, 19% of supervisors said they’d still consider a resume with four or more errors.
The survey also revealed some of the most common mistakes employers see, such as:
- “Dear sir or madman”
- “I’m attacking my resume for you to review,” and
- “Following is a grief overview of my skills.”
Where do you stand on spelling and grammar mistakes? How many do you have to see before dropping a resume in the trash can?
Let us know in the comments section below.