I often provide a prospective client with a complimentary resume review - a free critique. Sometimes I see things on a resume that I guess the writer didn't see. And as things so often happen in twos and threes, recently I had two such resume "oopsies"!
There is a popular resume template available on MS Word. It offers the job seeker a spot to prominently display his or her initials in a large circle on the left side of the page. On the right side go the name and contact details. Well, this particular client's initials did not lend themselves to an initial-only short-form. Let's just say that the two letters spell the rather less refined version of "baloney."
Yes, big, bold, front and centre - well, left justified, but you get my drift. (It reminds me of someone I know who didn't consider that their daughter's initials spelled a most unfortunate disease abbreviation.)
Now, if this person was in marketing, maybe it would have tickled a funny bone or two and been a "plus." But aiming at a C-suite position, I have no doubts that even if the reader prided him or herself on being an enlightened sort, I am of the opinion that most humans have little control over subliminal impressions.
If this client chooses to work with me, I will not be referring to the client as "BS."
Now, the second takes us from business into the realm of medicine.
I am working with a young doctor on the other side of the border. This physician is employed with a gastroenterology unit. Gastroenterology, in case you're drawing a blank, has to do with esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. All those lovely innards that keep us going.
This particular physician chose to shorten the workplace title to read as follows:
Medical Staff, Gastrointestinal Ass., Name of Hospital, Name of City and State.
Hopefully you see the "cheeky humour" in this statement. Once I pointed out the link between the area of focus and the short form, this newly minted doctor had a good laugh. S/he will be changing this immediately.
Funny stories, but the point is, proofreading is important. And it's not always spelling or a misused comma that is at fault. Sometimes, it's in the "oops" oversight category.
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