Over the past few months I invested a great deal of time reviewing, editing, and revising one of my career management books (Your Personal Career Marketing & Portfolio Essentials). This particular book examines the complete career life-cycle from a graduating student to a seasoned professional; those interested can check it out at our educationcs website.
Without difficultly; I found several issues needing attention and resolve. My books and support material goes through several in-house editors, but not everything is caught. In my case, being a professional writer, editor, and publisher does not guarantee common mistakes will not pop up now and then. Leading me to the importance of YOUR documents and the need to have EVERY DOCUMENT PROOFED by an objective editor.
When it comes to career management material (resume, cover letter, etc.), one mistake can prevent additional consideration.
The most compelling event highlighting the need to double-check came about last year when I edited a resume for a distinguished professional. This individual was proud of the work he constructed and wanted a quick review from an expert in the field. He stated his job position on the top of his resume (which is fine) as a Public Accountant…so far so good? Unfortunately, and through several self-reviews, he did not notice the letter “L” was missing from the word “Public” (which is not fine). Even less fortunate was the fact he sent his documents to over 25 companies – sure you are not surprised to hear no one responded.
Omitting one letter in the wrong word can destroy credibility instantly!
For those individuals creating and writing their own career material, the chances of errors increase dramatically. Without doubt, securing a professional writer diminishes costly mistakes. At a minimum, have a peer skilled in grammar to review your work. For those wanting to know the in’s and out’s of the career life-cycle, consider investing in our book.
Reading work through your own eyes is a good start, but it is not enough. Regarding my career management book, I secured a third party editor to pick up the pieces I neglected to catch.
Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP