How to proofread

This article is recommended for individuals near the beginning of their careers

How to proofread your application

Here are some tips on how to proofread your cover letter, resume, and other application documents effectively.

Take a break

After finishing your document, step away from it for a while, preferably for a few hours or even a day if possible. This will allow you to approach the proofreading process with fresh eyes.

Read it aloud

Reading your document out loud can help you catch any awkward phrasing, grammatical errors, or inconsistencies. It also helps you ensure that your sentences flow smoothly.

Check for spelling & grammar mistakes

Carefully review your document for spelling errors, typos, and grammar mistakes. Pay attention to commonly misused words, punctuation errors, and subject-verb agreement. Use spell-check tools, but don't rely solely on them.

Format consistency

Check that your document maintains a consistent format throughout. Pay attention to the font type, size, and spacing. Ensure that headings, subheadings, and bullet points are consistent in their style and alignment. Additionally, formatting should be consistent between your cover letter, resume, and other application documents. 

Check for clarity & conciseness

Make sure your document is clear, concise, and easy to read. Remove any unnecessary jargon, repetition, or wordiness. Use bullet points and concise sentences to highlight your achievements and skills.

Customise for each job application

Tailor your document for each job application by aligning your skills and experiences with the specific job requirements. This includes adjusting the order of sections, emphasising relevant accomplishments, and including keywords from the job description.

Use action verbs & quantifiable achievements

Begin bullet points with strong action verbs to demonstrate your accomplishments and responsibilities. Whenever possible, quantify your achievements by using numbers, percentages, or specific results.

Pay attention to details

Proofread your document meticulously for any overlooked errors, such as incorrect contact information, inconsistent formatting, or incomplete sentences. Ensure that your dates of employment, job titles, and educational qualifications are accurate. 

Seek feedback

Ask a trusted friend, family member, or mentor to review your document. They can provide valuable feedback, offer suggestions, and help identify areas that may need improvement. 

Review the overall presentation

Evaluate the visual appeal of your document. Ensure that it's well organised, visually balanced, and easy to navigate. Use clear headings, subheadings, and white space to improve readability.

Remember, a well-proofread document reflects your attention to detail, professionalism, and dedication to presenting yourself in the best possible light. By following these tips, you'll increase your chances of submitting an error-free and impactful application.

How to proofread

Are you looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job?

Now that you know how to proofread, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.

Christian Madsen

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Christian Madsen

Managing Director of 11 Recruitment

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