We Tried to Avoid the Typos in Today’s Roundup

All hail the gruntled worker. You are the salt of the earth; the cog that only sort of squeaks. Without you the office coffee pot would never be cleaned; there would be no “best place to work” lists; those surveys of disaffected, disengaged workers would always be at 100%; and the office refrigerator would simply be emptied without warning.

So glad are we that you exist we’ve set aside today in your honor. It is Gruntled Worker’s Day.

Giftypedia tells us this is the day “we celebrate the people who are satisfied in their work and are truly having fun at their jobs.”

Ah, so nice a thought, so wrong the grammar. Gruntled, you see, is not the opposite of disgruntled. (Scroll down; you’ll find it.) A gruntled worker is merely one who’s a little less disgruntled than all those workers who fill out satisfaction surveys in ways that make HR tremble.

This is stuff we know because we are kind of geeky and look things up. (We’re those annoying friends you have who REPLY ALL with the link to Snopes when you pass along perfectly interesting incredible things that aren’t true.)

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Now that you know, wish us a happy Embrace Your Geekness Day, before your triskaidekaphobia kicks in and disgruntlement occurs.

We did check the spelling of triskaidekaphobia a little extra carefully. That’s because CareerBuilder has a new study out asking hiring managers “what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration?”

Sixty-one percent said “resumes with typos.” That’s way higher than the second response — candidates who copy large amounts of wording from the job posting. The whole list is below, carefully proofread, and copied verbatim from CareerBuilder.

  • Resumes with typos — 61 percent
  • Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting — 41 percent
  • Resumes with an inappropriate email address — 35 percent
  • Resumes that don’t include a list of skills — 30 percent
  • Resumes that are more than two pages long — 22 percent
  • Resumes printed on decorative paper — 20 percent
  • Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions — 16 percent
  • Resumes that include a photo — 13 percent
  • Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white space — 13 percent

John Zappe writes for ERE, and consults with digital content operations, focusing on the advertising side. Todd Raphael works on ERE's website, conferences, awards, community, and more.


6 Comments on “We Tried to Avoid the Typos in Today’s Roundup

  1. Please allow me to be the grammar geek today and point out that I feel you meant to reference friggatriskaidekaphobia. This is specifically an abnormal fear of Friday the 13th. Otherwise you could have run this column on the 13th of any month regardless of whether or not the day of the week was Friday. But you chose today so I conclude that is why you highlight the one of my all-time favorite 17 letter words.

    Just joshing with you. I love this list of things hiring managers hate the most. Very useful for job-seekers. Happy Friday! (the 13th!)
    Only the best,

  2. As the owner of an executive career coaching and recruiting firm I concur with the above list! There is no excuse for typos anymore. Not only is there software but everyone has at least one friend who can proofread before a resume is printed or submitted.

    Thanks for the laughs this morning.
    Ken Schmitt

  3. I am the friend “everybody” calls with the “how to spell “blah, blah, blah” and “can you look over (means rewrite) my resume and how much do you charge…I swear I will pay you when I get a job.” To which I always reply, “I can’t charge my friends money.” So, I have an enormous cache of candy, wHine (not a typo) and good will toward me…Took my kiddo to “Occupational Day” when she was in 4th grade and this was my intro: “My mom spells well and she goes to lunch a lot and writes “rezzies” for all her friends. I think it’s called Copy Something.” Ah, fame and no fortune. I’ll take fries with that, any day.

  4. OK, it’s funny and entertaining. Really. But why would recruiters or anyone automatically exclude anyone based on anything that wasn’t a proven predictor of performance? Who KNOWS, without doubt, that typos on resumes lead to poor performers? Recruiters guess way too often when they could know instead.

  5. Funny Article!! But seriously, it is very hard to proofread your own resume after you have written, revised and re-read it a million times; but job seekers should have someone else look at it with fresh eyes. Another suggestion would be to read the resume from the bottom up. This will trick your brain into thinking its reading something new and you won’t tend to skip over things, thinking “this part is correct, I’ve read it over 100 times already”.

    Although some may think it’s harsh to “judge” the capabilities of a potential employer simply because of a few typos (I don’t’ mean a stray one or two), I disagree. A job seeker needs to have a resume that is stellar, realizing this is the first impression they give about themselves; it is basically their introduction to a potential employer. If their resume is anything less than spotless, then I can understand why an employer may conclude they aren’t paying attention to detail and thus may pass them by for the many other applicants who did.

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