If you put two spaces after a period in a sentence, it tells me that you learned to type on a typewriter. With the advent of word processors (and personal computers) people started using just one space after the period. I was totally unaware of this until a professional writer reviewed my resume (a friend…. don’t you dare think I paid someone hundreds of dollars to write a professional resume for me!)
So here you are with your Twitter account all tweeted up….and your Facebook account with dates carefully hidden and a profile picture of you from 15 years ago…and only the last 15 years showing on your LinkedIn profile and you think you have hidden your age. If you are in the habit of putting two spaces after every sentence, you might consider removing that extra space from your resume. It is dating you.
My advice, make friends with a professional copy writer and have them review your resume. You will be amazed when they focus in on that one sentence that you thought read a tiny bit rough and say, “Why didn’t you say…” and they will come up with that perfect wording that has been evading you for months. They will also move those commas where they are supposed to go and fix your “there, their and they’re” errors (and remove that old-fashioned comma before the “and” in a list).
They will give your resume the face lift it needs.
This post has sparked quite a controversy. Some readers have flamed the narrow mindedness of a recruiter who would comb through a resume in such detail. However, Google “resume typo” and see what you find. 25% of hiring managers will throw your resume in the trash if it has just one typo.
I was told by a local recruiter last November that she is not seeing any discrimination when it comes to hiring except for age discrimination. The problem is, older workers are stuck in the past and refuse to change. If your resume makes you look like you have not kept up with things, you are falling into that stereotype.
There have also been some questions as to if my statement is true. One reader indicated that the AP style still specifies two spaces after a period. I am no expert, but my friend specifically mentioned the AP style when she told me to remove the extra space.
Additionally, a reader made the following comment:
The same is now true in the publishing industry. Want your compelling manuscript instantly rejected? Insert two spaces at the end of each sentence.
A reader provided me with this article from Slate. The author is pretty emphatic that one space after a period is accurate. http://www.slate.com/?id=2281146
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