We Tried to Avoid the Typos in Today’s Roundup

All hail the gruntled worker. You are the salt of the earth; the cog that only sort of squeaks. Without you the office coffee pot would never be cleaned; there would be no “best place to work” lists; those surveys of disaffected, disengaged workers would always be at 100%; and the office refrigerator would simply be emptied without warning.

So glad are we that you exist we’ve set aside today in your honor. It is Gruntled Worker’s Day.

Giftypedia tells us this is the day “we celebrate the people who are satisfied in their work and are truly having fun at their jobs.”

Ah, so nice a thought, so wrong the grammar. Gruntled, you see, is not the opposite of disgruntled. (Scroll down; you’ll find it.) A gruntled worker is merely one who’s a little less disgruntled than all those workers who fill out satisfaction surveys in ways that make HR tremble.

This is stuff we know because we are kind of geeky and look things up. (We’re those annoying friends you have who REPLY ALL with the link to Snopes when you pass along perfectly interesting incredible things that aren’t true.)

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Now that you know, wish us a happy Embrace Your Geekness Day, before your triskaidekaphobia kicks in and disgruntlement occurs.

We did check the spelling of triskaidekaphobia a little extra carefully. That’s because CareerBuilder has a new study out asking hiring managers “what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration?”

Sixty-one percent said “resumes with typos.” That’s way higher than the second response — candidates who copy large amounts of wording from the job posting. The whole list is below, carefully proofread, and copied verbatim from CareerBuilder.

  • Resumes with typos — 61 percent
  • Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting — 41 percent
  • Resumes with an inappropriate email address — 35 percent
  • Resumes that don’t include a list of skills — 30 percent
  • Resumes that are more than two pages long — 22 percent
  • Resumes printed on decorative paper — 20 percent
  • Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions — 16 percent
  • Resumes that include a photo — 13 percent
  • Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white space — 13 percent

John Zappe writes for ERE, and consults with digital content operations, focusing on the advertising side. Todd Raphael works on ERE's website, conferences, awards, community, and more.

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