Quick post.Â Read an article on one of the news sites about an outrageous mistake.Â Evidently in a cookbook published in Australia, one of the recipes call for “salt and freshly gound black people.”Â I saw the headline and was completely taken aback.Â
Little did I realize that was not the half of it.Â The publisher claimed not to understand how anyone could be offended by such a “silly” mistake.Â It was, to his puny little mind, clearly a typo – the result of using a built in spellchecker.Â This guy was actually irritated by the whole affair.
Somewhere else in the article, he made some noise of about how difficult it would be to recall the cookbook.Â But if anyone complained, they would supply a replacement book.Â But, again to his warped view, out of 147 recipes, it was just this one little typo.Â Wow, Amazing.Â I just wanted to slap this guy across the top of his head.
But, this is somewhat relevant here.Â Do you have one “little, silly” typo on your resume or cover letter?Â Is there a phrase that might be offensive to someone that would just be plain “silly” to you?Â One of articles in the ezine tab talks about putting yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes.Â Well, do that and evaluate your resume and/or cover letter.Â What do you find?
There is no room for slang or “inside” jokes or common dialect in your resume.Â If it can be misinterpreted, it will be.Â Take no chances.Â Commonsense I know.Â But…