Spell it right: avoid making the top mistakes found on CVs← Back
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If you are looking for a new job, you'll know your CV is a key tool in the process of landing yourself the role you really want. In January, the National Citizens Service found that employers spent an average 8.8 seconds looking at CVs, with bad grammar and spelling mistakes considered to be the worst errors made by candidates.
Whilst poor spelling and grammar might be the top bête noire of recruiters, new research by Adzuna has found that, nonetheless, as many as 32% of CVs contain spelling mistakes. The job search website conducted a study across 3,000 CVs in the UK. Amongst the third of imperfect CVs, 54% had one mistake and a grand total of 46% contained two or more mistakes.
Adzuna also highlighted which words were the most misspelt. Shockingly, the top ten are ones that are frequently used in CVs and cover letters:
With less than 10 seconds to make an impact, it’s important to make a good impression and the first step is to banish any spelling or grammatical errors. So how can you avoid those mistakes?
- Whilst it might be a useful tool, don’t rely solely on spellcheck. Spellcheckers don’t find every mistake.
- It may sound obvious, but don’t just skim-read your CV before sending it off - take plenty of time to re-read it thoroughly.
- Print out your CV to proofread it. By reading your CV on paper, as opposed to on a screen, you’ll find it easier to spot errors.
- Once you think your CV is finished, leave it for a day or two and then come back to it for a final re-read. Blunders tend to stand out after a break.
- Finally, get someone else to check it – a different pair of eyes is more likely to spot a missing apostrophe that you may have overlooked.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that a CV with mistakes seems unprofessional, so it’s worth putting extra time and effort in to get it right...it could lead to that job offer.