Do you know that more than 16.5 million people use the word “manger” on their LinkedIn profiles? M-A-N-G-E-R, not manager. This is just one of many common typos that spell check won’t catch.
(Note: this post was written in 2018 and updated in 2020. The problem is getting order of magnitude worse!)
Project Manger or Project Manager?
More than 54,000 (as of 2020) of those poor souls are Project Mangers, I mean Managers, who have misspelled Manager as Manger:
The rest? Most likely other people who hold or have held a Manager title.
Common Typos Spell Check Won’t Catch
These are the three most common word pair errors I see on job seekers’ resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover and thank you letters:
Manager/Manger is a word pair that Microsoft Word’s and LinkedIn’s Spell/Grammar Check features don’t always catch.
The Piqued/Peaked error has shown up in cover letters on almost every search I’ve done. More in this post: Why Writing “You Peaked My Interest” Might Lose You Interviews.
Fazed/Phased errors show up in cover and thank you letters. More in this post: Do You Confuse Faze and Phase?
Customize Word’s AutoCorrect Feature to Fix Your Most Common Typos
I mistype Manager as Manger every day. It’s who I am.
I used to be hyper-vigilant about catching that error, but not anymore — because I customized AutoCorrect to do it for me. I haven’t seen it since.
If you make repeat errors that Spell Check misses, you can personalize AutoCorrect to fix them for you.
It’s Easy to Customize Microsoft Word AutoCorrect
Did you know that? Easy, not hard.
Here’s a quick tutorial on customizing Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect function:
Common Typos Spell Check Does Catch
The word (sic) Cheif appears on more than 1.4 million LinkedIn profiles.
LinkedIn tells you it’s wrong when you type it. I just tested it.
Imagine your title reading “Cheif Financial Officer.” Inspires confidence, doesn’t it? No. As in, “If they transpose letters, do they transpose numbers too?”
You can customize AutoCorrect to fix errors that Spell Check shows you. If you frequently mistype a word, program your little AutoCorrect friend to take care of it.
If you take a minute after you complete a draft to consider the typos you made and plug the fixes into AutoCorrect, you’ll be a better, faster writer in no time.
Don’t Rely on LinkedIn
Microsoft Word has better Spell/Grammar Check features than LinkedIn. Because of this, write your LinkedIn profile in Word. Then copy and paste it into LinkedIn.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Microsoft integrated Word into LinkedIn? That would be more useful than Word’s Resume Assistant feature (more on that here).
Do You Know Someone Who Has Typos on Their Resume or LinkedIn Profile?
Look for friends in your first-level connections who have “Cheif” (seven for me) and “Manger” (592 for me) titles on their profiles.
If you find any, and you know their egos can survive a little ding, let them know.
How to Tell Someone About a Mistake on Their Resume or LinkedIn Profile
Here are some useful ideas for how to reach out:
- Do it privately.
- Keep it light, kind, and respectful. “I think there’s a typo in your current job title.”
- Stick to personal and work friends. You don’t know how a stranger will react.
Remember, if you noticed the error, then others have too.
Profile errors are the LinkedIn equivalent of spinach in your teeth — or much worse.
They do get noticed, and some people, especially recruiters and hiring managers, do not ignore them.
People lose interviews and job offers because of their resume and profile errors.
(Thanks to Jenny Clark, Janet Efere, Kelly Elmer, Christine Hanks, Wendy Schoen, Brynne Tillman, and Chris Varley for the ideas in this section.)
What Do You Think?
Would you want someone to let you know about an error on your resume or LinkedIn profile? Like a misspelled word? Or pointing out that you used “affect” when “effect” would have been a better choice. It’s another common resume error. More here.
Would you tell someone about an error on their profile? I polled people on LinkedIn. 91% of the respondents would tell a friend. 75% would tell a colleague. 35% would tell a stranger. 9% wouldn’t say anything to anyone. Given those results, I’d say it’s pretty safe to tell a friend, but I would be careful about going further than that.
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Updated January 2021
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