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Three JOB APPLICATION tips - How to find a job [Part 8]

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Published on Jun 20, 2012

Snagajob gives advice on how to find a job with three tips for great resumes and job applications.

Hi, I'm Amy and I work at Snagajob and today we're going to talk about how to find a job. Specifically, we're talking about how to avoid the number one error that drives hiring managers and recruiters nuts, and that is typos on resumes and applications.

I'm not spouting off some bulleted list we made up somewhere. This is actually how I edit my own resume and applications when I'm looking for a job, and I've found that it works really well.

First, run spell check. Fix any errors that show up. This is pretty simple and doesn't take very much time.

Second, find a friend who is really good with words and have them look at your resume or application. If you have more than one friend that has a way with language or is really good at catching errors, have them all look at it and give suggestions. The more eyes there are on your resume, the more likely it is that somebody will catch a mistake where you've mistyped your email address or you've used the wrong phone number.

Third, read it aloud. I know that sounds a little weird but when you read it aloud you're much more likely to catch your own mistakes.

Once you've got that document just the way you want it, save your resume and then use it to copy and paste into other formats. If you already have a solid version of your resume, you can use it in other places and it's a lot faster and you'll know that you aren't making typos or errors because you're copying and pasting from the document.

What if the job has absolutely nothing to do with spelling? Even if the job has nothing to do with spelling, take the time to submit a well-crafted, spell-checked resume. It shows the employer that you're serious about the job and that you really want to get hired.

Thanks for listening!

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