At least spell your job title correctly

I’ve seen several articles floating around lately about resume/interview tips. Most of it is really good advice. Things like:

  • Do research on the company, have a good answer for why you want to work for them.
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter for each company you apply to.
  • Dress for the job you want.
  • Proofread your resume.

That last point is in bold, because I think it’s really important and really under-utilized. In the field of software development, attention to detail isn’t just a good idea. It’s critical for success. And if you can’t catch errors on your resume, what does that say about your attention to detail?

One thing I see misspelled on resumes – a lot – is the job title. I have lost track of how many times I’ve seen a resume or LinkedIn profile for a “Principle Software Engineer”. It’s good to be a principled software engineer, but what you’re looking for here is “Principal.”

Another thing to watch out for is how you spell or capitalize certain terminology. For example, I’ve seen many resumes boasting the applicant’s skills in “JAVA”. Java has never been stylized in all capital letters.

I may be criticized for this post for being too pedantic or picky. That may be. But if I see these errors on your resume, my confidence in your attention to detail will be reduced.

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