You have likely heard the phrase “the devil is in the details,” which suggests the importance of paying attention to the details of a project because this is typically where mistakes happen.
This phrase should be kept top of mind for job seekers in the job search process. After all, a small mistake in a resume or job application can be the difference between landing an interview and ending up in the “No” pile.
If proper spelling, accuracy and other details aren’t correct in your first interaction with an employer, it sends the message that those same details won’t be important if you are hired. Although the majority of details won’t stand out when correct, they will certainly stand out if they are wrong.
Employers want the right fit when they are making a hiring decision. From an employer’s point of view, why should they hire you if you don’t care enough to be meticulous and detailed at the first interaction?
Especially in the healthcare field, where accuracy is literally life changing, employers will be paying attention to details from the start. A polished application and supporting materials suggests a professional work style.
Perhaps your cover letter and resume say you have great communication skills, or that you’re detail-oriented. These are excellent qualities that employers seek, but having errors in your application is a direct contrast to your assertions.
As always, proofread any documents you are submitting. Check for spelling, sentence structure and readability. It is also helpful to have another pair of eyes (or two!) review those documents. A fresh look might catch something new that didn’t stand out to you.
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