Don’t let this confusing word get between you and your dream job.

By Meghan Overdeep
January 7, 2019
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In a cutthroat job market, it’s essential to stand out—for the right reasons.

Everybody knows how important it is to make a good first impression on potential employers, and your résumé is your chance to do just that. Unfortunately, your résumé is also rife with opportunity to trip up. A typo or misspelling might not seem like a big deal in your everyday life, but when it comes to applying for a job, one minor slipup can be all it takes to send your application to the trash bin. 

Seriously.

A 2014 survey found that 63% of employers would reject a job candidate who had just one or two typos on their résumé .

What trips most people up are the errors that find their way through spellcheck’s cracks. Mistakes like the one Jared Redick, a career coach and résumé writer with the San Francisco-based Resume Studio, told Business Insider he sees most often: confusing “lead” with “led.”

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It’s an understandable mistake. Confusingly, “lead,” the present tense of the verb “lead,” is pronounced “leed.” But when it’s used as a noun, “lead”—what you’ll find in a pencil—is pronounced “led.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the correct usage. If you’re referring to running meetings at your present job, use “lead.” If you’re talking about running meetings in a position you held in the past, use “led.”

Now that we straightened that out, go forth and conquer, y’all!

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