The most common grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes and what to do and what not to do on your resume and other job search documents.

Laura’s Competitive Edge Grammar Rules (page 4)

by Laura A. DeCarlo


ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & STYLE (continued)

Hyphenation: Consult the Chicago Manual of Style.
Simple rules:

An adverb/adjective combination in which the adverb ends in “-LY” is never hyphenated:

  1. e.g., “His necktie reflected his generally grotesque taste.”

Other sorts […]

Laura’s Competitive Edge Grammar Rules (page 3)

by Laura A. DeCarlo


WORDS THAT MEAN THE SAME THING AND ARE INTERCHANGEABLE:
Forward = Forwards
Regime = Regimen
Because = Since
Lend = Loan
Preventive = Preventative
Entitled = Titled
Toward = Towards – (toward is more common in US and towards in UK)
That = Which (see above)


ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR, […]

Laura’s Competitive Edge Grammar Rules (page 2)

by Laura A. DeCarlo


Apart vs. A Part
Apart: Separated by distance. e.g., “Feuding roommates decide to live apart.”

A part: Indicates a section or part of a whole. e.g., “She accepted a part in the play.”


Continuous vs. Continual
Continuous: Actions which are uninterrupted.
e.g., “My upstairs neighbor […]

Laura’s Competitive Edge Grammar Rules

by Laura A. DeCarlo

BUGBEARS: Write Meaning, Rong Word?
Principal vs. Principle
“Principal” is a noun and adjective referring to someone or something which is highest in rank or importance.
e.g., In a loan, the principal is the more substantial part of the money, the interest is–or […]

PET PEEVE #1 – Spelling Errors, Typos, and Poor Grammar

With Fred Coon

20 Pet Peeves Recruiters Have About Resumes
Courtesy of Mike Worthington, ResumeDoctor.com

# 1 – Spelling Errors, Typos, and Poor Grammar

For those of you who have waited or emailed me over the last several weeks asking what the Number […]