When Spellcheck Can’t Save You

Alisa BonsignoreFor reasons that I can’t quite fully explain, I’ve recently been getting a lot of unsolicited resumes sent to me. “As a freelancer, you must have contact with a lot of companies,” these strangers say. “Please forward my resume to the appropriate hiring manager.”

First of all, I can’t figure out why they think that I would recommend a complete stranger for a job. A trusted colleague, yes, but I wouldn’t put my reputation on the line for someone that I can’t personally vouch for.

But the second and more disturbing feature that seems all too common is a reliance on spellcheck to save your resume or website. People, let me tell you that there are far too many incorrect, yet properly spelled words that sneak through.

I recently saw a blog post from my friends at High Tech Connect pointing out the same sorts of errors; clearly, more people were having these problems than I had previously realized. In fact, according to Rene Siegel at High Tech Connect, 43,300 people on LinkedIn use the incorrect word “Principle” as their title, and 251 PR pros have “Pubic” listed in a current or past title. Don’t believe the numbers? Use the LinkedIn search to scan for the incorrect word. The results are startling.

So let’s do a little recap:

  • If you work in public relations, read everything carefully. “Pubic relations” is an entirely different industry.
  • “Principal” = chief, leader. “Principle” = fundamental.
  • “Premier” = leading, original. “Premiere” = debut.
  • “Manager” = leader of an organization. “Manger” = a trough; used as a crib for baby Jesus.

So please, please, please have a second set of eyes review your resume before you send it out. You don’t want to be listed as a “Premiere, Pubic Relations.”

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