Do you know your spelling?
Since September, I have been watching the “Canadian Geese” fly in the skies through my office window. It has definitely been an educational experience. Initially, I reported that they were flying north on Twitter and Facebook and thought nothing of it until I said something to a paddling friend and he said, “you meant to say they were flying south, right?” Then that struck me and I watched more closely and reported when I saw them flying, yes, NORTH, on Twitter. I am in Wisconsin and this time of year they should be flying south.
Yesterday, Davina Haisell of Shades of Crimson, said this on Twitter:
“While on the seabus to the North Shore a flock of Canada Geese flew by. Beautiful. Made me smile. Thx Mother Nature.”
I responded by saying: “The question is… which way were the geese going???”
After more conversation, Davina again told me they were flying North. I made a smart remark about them being Canadian Geese, since I know she is from Canada. And said I was down here in Wisconsin, watching and all confused.
Wow! All these years, I thought those were “Canadian Geese.”
Check all your spelling & terms in your resume!
If I had been writing a resume for a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Biologist who was an expert on migratory patterns of Canada Geese, I would hope that he or she would have it right but I need to know the right term or research it.
Far from finding Dawn’s correction annoying, I am grateful for the new knowledge. As a professional resume writer, I write many resumes for people in fields I have to research. I need to know their terms and the correct spelling of those terms.
This year alone, I have written resumes for people in these professions:
- Master Winemaker
- Soil Conservationist
- Customer Relationship Manager, online applications
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
- Public Health Nurse
- Vice President of Information Technology
- Construction Project Manager and many more.
I need to understand the nuances of their specific terminology and I need to know how to spell their terms.
Software alone can be a challenge with all the unique spellings and capital letters in the middle of a resume such as “Adobe InDesign” and the odd terms like SOX or VOIP. Pharmaceutical sales with the drug and disease state terminology, such as Elidel, hypogonadism, or dyslipidemia, is a foreign language to me and I have to double-check, Google, and verify with my clients that I have it right.
One of the easiest ways to lose the opportunity for an interview is to send in a resume with misspellings or grammatical errors. Every reader isn’t going to be an English teacher but anyone hiring in their field will know if you misspelled their specific terminology.
When in doubt, Google, and make sure the source you are checking is a valid one. You don’t want to find out that you mistook a Canada Goose for a Canadian Goose, do you?
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