Q: What’s the difference between “its” and “it’s”?
A: “It’s” should only be used as a contraction for “it is”. To indicate possession, use “its”. Here are a few correct examples: The house lost its roof. It’s sunny outside today.
Q: Free Resume Builder advises me not to use too many adverbs. But I love adverbs! Don’t they add more description and detail to my writing?
A: No. Adverbs create clutter and slow the pace of your message, which can suggest inexperience to hiring managers. Sometimes they’re unavoidable, but whenever possible, choose tight, concise, accurate verbs in the first place and you won’t need to add more words in order to describe them. Instead of saying “Successfully held a position managing four people”, try “Managed four people”.
Q: Can you explain how to use a semicolon?
A: A semicolon should separate two phrases that can both stand on their own as complete sentences. Here’s a correct example: “I led a team of four people; Three of these were executive level marketing experts.” The semicolon can also be used to separate items in a list. For example: “My position involved managing four people; reviewing and signing off on marketing reports; training new employees; gathering and analyzing survey data; and making contact with clients.”
Q: Can you explain the difference between “your” and “you’re”?
A: “Your” indicates possession, as in “Your company stands to benefit from my skills and experience.” “You’re” is a contraction for “you are”.
Q: What are some of the most commonly misspelled words on resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, and job search emails?
Here are a few top contenders: Necessary, Successfully, Public, Recommendation, Managed, Management, and Sincerely. But misspelled words are often easier to spot than MISSING words, which are just as common and just as embarrassing. As you go back through your document, keep an eye out for these while you’re also looking for other grammar errors.