Recently I had a discussion around the topic of why some recruiters will submit resumes with typos and why I do not. This is a topic that has come up several times during my career and I have never been convinced on why I should present a candidate to a hiring manager that has a typo (spelling or grammatical) on their resume. Am I old school? Am I being too harsh, hard or unforgiving of candidates (especially during “these times”)? I do not think so.
The reasons given to me have all fallen under similar themes that no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes and one typo should not prevent someone from being considered. A sound argument, however, we are not discussing a last minute request from a manager, a quick email or a short deadline on a report (or even a blog post). This is the one document where there is not a deadline and the candidate has all the time to prepare, proof, and check for errors before submitting their resume to a prospective employer. I know some people will argue that postings are not up for a long time and what about those candidates that need to update their resume? Most candidates already have a resume and taking extra time to add new information and ensure it is error free is worth the effort.
Hiring managers expect recruiters to present the most qualified and best candidates available. Presenting a candidate that has a typo or error in their resume shows that we are not meeting those standards of excellence.
How many times have you submitted someone that was “detiled” or “detaled” oriented? Never? Then why would you submit someone who has a misspelled word deeper in the resume? There are too many jobs that require attention to detail and if the candidate cannot properly proof their own personal document then how can we expect them to bring a higher level of performance to the company. It is our job to identify the most qualified candidates and those with mistakes are not meeting the requirements of the position.
The resume is supposed to be the best example of work that a candidate can bring to an employer. It’s a snapshot of their ability and not just a chronology of their work and education history. Do not settle for less than perfection on the resume and if one does slip by, well no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. 😉
What are your thoughts? Do you present resumes with typos? I expect someone will point out a typo in this post.