Employers may receive thousands of resumes for one position. Because of this, they are often looking for any reason to eliminate a candidate. While resume writing is a creative process that allows writers to “break the rules” when appropriate, some rules should not be broken.
These are the rules pertaining to typos, misspelled words, grammatical errors, and consistency. To quote Frank Fox, Executive Director of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, “We have always said that ‘in resume writing, there are no rules . . . except that there should be no typos, misspellings, or grammatical errors.'”
What rules can be broken, and which ones should not?
One of the primary differences between resume writing and business writing is that the resume falls somewhere between the “hard sell” of advertising and business writing. Ad copy, for example, frequently uses short, to-the-point wording. Very often, this wording does not come out in