If you read any material or ask anyone in the know about putting together a résumé they politically correct answer is to make sure that there are no grammatical or spelling errors on it.
While that is true MOST of the time there are a few exceptions to that rule:
If you are the Michael Jordan of your job-function perfection is not required. In his prime do you think any team in the NBA would have told Michael Jordan, “Well Michael, we would love to have you on our team but we saw a misspelled word in your work history.”
If you have recruiters beating down your door on a daily basis to pitch opportunities to you because everyone knows you are the best in town at what you do then you can stress a little less over the little things on your résumé.
The more sought after your skill-set the lower the need for perfection. I guarantee that if you are one of five people in the whole US who can do a particular job and do it to perfection (and yes, I think I have worked on some of those before) the fact that you had a comma out-of-place is NOT going to disqualify you.
If you are brought down from on high and seeing your résumé is just a formality the need for perfection goes out the window. You have done all that you should be doing in your search (networking, networking and more networking) and you hit the jackpot – a CEO thinks you are the guy for an opening within his company.
He walks you down to HR and tells them that you are the person for the job. Do you think the HR person is going to tell him, “Gee Mr. CEO, I don’t think we can hire this person – he used a double negative.”
Let me think about that for a second. Umm… NO!
In closing – if you are headed to the hall of fame for your job-function, have a skill-set that’s in demand and has very few players, or can put yourself in a situation to be brought down from on high you can worry less about the things the rest of us do. For the rest of us, spellcheck will continue to be our best friend.
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!