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Resume errors not funny when they’re yours

Kelli K. Nicholas

Kelli K. Nicholas

By KELLI K. NICHOLAS
Marketing Coordinator – Michigan Works!

(Not so) funny statements written on resumes:

I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.

Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.

I am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.

I was instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.

I am sure you have seen many of these typical comments about resumes floating on the Internet. While the statements are quite funny to read in a newspaper article, they would not be as humorous on your own resume.  These typos, however, are common mistakes made by job seekers when applying for positions. Oftentimes mistakes, like the ones above, are made by someone in a hurry.

In order to make the best possible first impression, I recommend before sending that document off by email or on paper that you do the following:

  • Use spell and grammar check but do not rely on those devices to catch all the mistakes.
  • Have someone else read your document or at least you give it another look.
  • Read each line out loud and use a ruler to help you read each line separately.
  • One last tip, read the document starting on the last line written and read it backward.

MidMichiganCareerOutlookAlso, through a grant-funded project, I still have room for a college student who is looking to gain skills in proofreading, organizing projects, maintaining a database, general office administration, survey collection and marketing. This position would be located in Harrison during normal business hours, which could be flexible around a school schedule. Not only would you gain items for your portfolio, meet some great contacts, and have fun, you could also bring some change back to your pockets, which might be depleted after Spring Break. Please email me at kelli@northerntransformation.org or call (989) 539-2173.

On another note, the Northeast Michigan Local Food Summit would be an excellent way to network with local businesses.

Whether you’re a professional farmer, a restaurant employee, or just interested in locally grown food, you’re invited to the Northeast Michigan local food summit from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center in Roscommon. Learn how the food system dynamics are changing, how working with farmer markets can increase sales if you are a hobby farmer, food safety and much more. Presentations include new market opportunities for farm markets, selling your product to schools and businesses, and more.  And, bring your local product to share with prospective buyers and suppliers!

Registration is free and includes lunch. Call Mark today at (989) 493-3323. This is a grant-funded project in partnership with the USDA.

(Mid Michigan Career Outlook is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current. Kelli Nicholas is a grant writer and marketing coordinator for Northern Transformation and Michigan Works Region 7B.)

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