Even More Common Job Search Grammar Errors

April 26, 2013

Career Advice

We’ve already covered the top three common grammar errors found during the job search. But there’s more. Even if you’re not applying for a job in a writing field, communication skills are important to any employer. And that includes how to write. Your resume is a great place to show off your skills. Be aware of these common issues before you send off your next application:

1. Tense Issues
For current positions, use the present tense. For past positions, use past tense. It’s easy to accidentally jump from one tense to another during a resume writing session. Or to forget to change a past position into past tense during a resume revamp.

Present tense: “Lead a team of 5,” or “Develop new product.”
Past tense: “Led a team of 5,” or “Developed new product.”

2. Consistency Issues
When writing a resume, you’ll be making some decisions including the placement of bullet points, the format of your dates, and whether you are writing in full sentences or omitting words like “the.” To make it more complicated, there are some grammar choices that are neither right nor wrong. For example, the Oxford comma. It all comes down to one thing: choose one format and stick to it throughout your whole resume.

With the Oxford comma: “I wrote, edited, and distributed press releases.”
Without the Oxford comma: “I wrote, edited and distributed press releases.”

3. How to Spell Resume
Here’s one more that might surprise you — the spelling of resume. Technically it’s spelled “résumé” with two accent marks. Many candidates add one accent mark, which is completely incorrect. If you’re going to add an accent mark, add them both or leave them both off.

Correct: résumé
Acceptable: resume
Incorrect: resumé


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

View all posts by Spectrum Brands Careers


Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.


  1. The Ultimate Resume Roundup | Spectrum Brands Careers Blog - June 27, 2013

    […] 4. Avoid these common job search grammar errors and these ones too — even more common grammar errors. […]

  2. Spectrum Brands Careers Blog - September 20, 2013

    […] Double-check your work. If you claim that you “pay extreme attention to detail” then prove it. That means no spelling or grammar errors on your resume or cover letter. Read over our list of common job search grammar errors. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: