Always Have Someone Else Proofread Your Application Materials

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 8.55.53 AMLast week I posted a video tip of the week to always have someone else proofread your work.

There are a lot of reasons for this. Here are a few:

1- Typos have a way of escaping the notice of the writer, but catching the attention of the reader (and better that the reader be a friend or family member than a hiring manager!)

2- It is nearly impossible to get outside of your own head. Someone with a fresh perspective who doesn’t have all that content swirling in his/her brain, can see everything as it really is. And sometimes that person can see what you are trying to say, but not managing to articulate well–and that can lead to edits that really polish your work.

3- Everyone should do this with any document of importance. This isn’t just for first-time applicants.  Everyone at any stage in their career should do this.  I always ask someone else to look over my work–whether it is marketing materials or a journal article.  We all need that second pair of eyes and fresh mental perspective.

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