Spell-Check Software Not Enough When Proofing

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<p><strong>New York &mdash; June 20</strong><br />Just because you don&rsquo;t see any red lines after you let your computer review your cover letter, you shouldn&#39;t push the &quot;send&quot; button quite yet, advises Robert Graber, WallStJobs.com founder.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;There has been a tendency to equate perfect spelling with perfect grammar, and it can create some amusing but self-destructive correspondence,&rdquo; he said. &quot;While we have noticed an improvement in the overall accuracy of resume content, it is the cover letter, with its more conversational format, that has been the document where we find the most gaffes.&rdquo;<br /><br />Graber has some suggestions to help avoid embarrassing cover-letter calamities.</p><p>&ldquo;Try reading the letter backward,&quot; he said. &quot;Many mistakes occur because we tend to get into a reading rhythm when we proofread. By reversing the words, we break the flow of the wording and errors tend to stand out more.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;When you re-read the letter again, stop after each word to alter your normal pacing. Again, this helps to highlight individual words and can help you focus on unusual spelling and syntax.&rdquo;<br /><br />With cover letters becoming increasingly important as a way to focus on skills and accomplishments that might not be evident in a resume, it is essential that all job seekers take the time to be certain that all their career correspondence is error-free.<br /><br />&ldquo;A second set of eyes always helps,&rdquo; Graber said. &ldquo;Have at least one other person review your material before you submit it. This is that rare case where the more people who are involved, the better the final project will likely be.&rdquo;</p>

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