The Verbal Proofing Technique

When you feel confident that your resume construction is complete, take time to read it aloud several times. Grammatical mistakes and faulty sentence structure are often most obvious when you hear them. Errors such as missing words or doubled words tend to jump out when read aloud. If the sentence does not flow when spoken, it will not flow on paper. Many on the receiving end of your resume will be verbally oriented people—even to the point of quietly reading your resume "aloud" (you have probably noticed people who read aloud to themselves or at least move their lips ever so slightly—that's the verbally-oriented crowd). Write for them and for everyone else who proofreads your resume while they are reading.

Then give it to someone else to proofread. This is a good time to make another visit to your Career Center. Make sure your resume is flawless.

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