Writing a resume can be challenging. Not only are you trying to talk yourself up (a task many people find uncomfortable), but you have to follow a specific format, include as much as possible in a little amount of space and figure out how to make a good impression.
One thing people often skip over when writing a resume - or even an email or filling out an application - is spelling. One misspelled word can get your resume immediately thrown from the pile!
While spell check helps, it isn't the holy grail for eliminating spelling and grammatical errors, particularly because words like your and you're are both spelled right, but mean different things.
Here is a list of the top 10 writing mistakes to avoid on your resume (and elsewhere).
1. Affect vs. Effect
An effect is the result of something while affect produces a change in something, or influences it. Effect is often used as a noun. "The sound effects were mind-blowing," or "The humidity had no effect on Carly's curls." But you would say "The humidity affected Carly's curls."
2. Farther vs. Further
Farther is used when describing distance, with further means an extension of time.
"I ran farther than yesterday." "He is looking further into the problem."
3. Their vs. They're
It's a common error that can often be overlooked. They're is a contraction that means "they are." You would say "They're coming over" but "I'm going to their party."
4. Principal vs. Principle
Principal refers to a person of importance, often referring to the principal of a school. Principle is a fundamental truth, as in instilling principles in children.
5. Who's vs. Whose
Who's, like they're, is a contraction. It translates to "who is." You would say "Who's that guy?" and "Whose home is this?"
6. Its vs. It's
Use it's when meaning "it is." "It's my turn."
7. Compliment vs. Complement
Compliment is to say something nice to someone, while complement is to enhance or improve something. "She gave me a compliment." And "She complemented the group well."
8. To vs. Too
"To" is in the direction of while "too" means in addition. "I'm going to the party." "I had too many drinks at the party."
9. Your vs. You're
Like many before, "you're" is a contraction. Use it to say "you are."
10. Sight vs. Site
Sight is to see while site is a location, like a construction site.
Need some more help? Weird Al's "Word Crimes" is pretty useful...