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It's spelled correctly, but it's the wrong word

COVER LETTER: "I am very interested in the newspaper add for the accounting position."

And we're divided on your qualifications.

"DUTIES: Cross-soled a range of banking services to customers, considering there unique financial needs."

Gives new meaning to the phrase "pounding the shoe leather."

The misuse of a correctly spelled word has foiled the chances of many a job seeker. The spell-checking feature of word-processing software is a safeguard for misspelling, but doesn't flag words that are contextually inappropriate. For example, this same candidate also used "there" instead of "their," underscoring the importance of an extra set of eyes in the proofing process.

From a cover letter: "I think I will enjoy working and will have no problem committing to a job."

Get back to us when you're sure.

"REASON FOR LIVING: Laid off."

Must have been a truly dreadful job.

"PERSONALITY: I have the ability to get along well with others, and I have the ability to maintain a professional appearance. I am dependable and a non-clock watcher, if necessary."

Are there many times when that is necessary?

Here's an item from the resume of a recent college graduate.

"SKILLS: Organized roommate's tapes, CDs and cluttered closet, making space for my things. He, taken aback, commended my clerical disposition."

We have a supply closet with your name on it!

"EXPERIENCE: My work encompassed profit and loss entrees."

Sounds appetizing.

"STRENGTHS: I am very detail oriented and believe in doing things wright the first time threw."

I'm afraid we need a "do-over."

_ SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

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