A CV sells you and your skills before you’ve even met a potential client, however, a new survey has revealed that the majority of UK jobseekers have errors in their CV.
According to an Adzuna study analysing 20,000 CV’s, more than nine in 10 have either spelling or grammatical mistakes, with only 1,134 being fault free. As many as 63% had five or more errors in total.
Interestingly, the research found that men make more mistakes than women – eight per cent of female CV’s were flawless compared to just six per cent of men.
Other findings show that:
- 697 CV’s added extra apostrophes
- The most misspelled word was ‘experience’ (found 62 times), closely followed by ‘responsibilities’ (60), ‘professional’ (56), ‘liaising (53) and strategizing (34)
- Many Americanisms were found, including ‘organization’, ‘specialized’, ‘center’ and ‘humor’.
Andrew Hunter of Adzuna, commented, "A good CV should succinctly show off employment history, education and key skills, but it should also be flaw-free. Employers may be put-off by amateur CV errors like adding in rogue apostrophes, using Americanisms or forgetting to put the 'i' before the 'e'.”
"They suggest a jobseeker lacking soft skills such as attention to detail, and when spellcheck and CV screening tools are easily accessible, there really is no excuse for error-riddled documents.”
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