A survey by career coaching experts Personal Career Management (www.personalcareermanagement.com) has found that 94 per cent of applicants searching for their dream job are missing out on vacancies through poor spelling, grammar or presentation on their CVs.
A lack of grammatical knowledge has lead to alarming disclosures: “ my interests include cooking dogs and interesting people”.
Applicants’ attempts to impress potential employers failed as a result of poor pharasing and inappropriate language such as the hilarious “While working in this role, I had intercourse with a variety of people”.
Out of 450 CVs surveyed Corinne Mills, MD of Personal Career Management and author of the best selling CV book, ‘You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV’ discovered 81% had errors in spelling or grammar, and a further 13% were badly presented. Other examples of mistakes uncovered in the study include:
• As security guard my job is to pervert unauthorised people from coming onto the site
• I am a pubic relations officer
• I was responsible for dissatisfied customers
• My role involved coaching and mentioning
• I have excellent editing and poof-reading skills
• I relieved the conference manager
• I am a prooficient typist
• Socially I like to dine out with different backgrounds
• I get well with all types of people
• I was responsible for fraudulent claims
• Experienced sheet mental worker
• Highly adept at multi-tasting
• Left last four jobs only because the managers were completely unreasonable
Mistakes were not confined to applicants for menial roles either — many of the CVs riddled with errors were drafted by CEOs, professionals and recent graduates.
Corinne Mills commented “Many of the people whose CVs end up in the wastepaper bin are perfectly capable of doing the job. However, a poor CV means they will not get the opportunity to prove it.”
“Why would anyone want to employ a lawyer or a secretary who makes spelling mistakes or errors? If they can’t pay attention to their own CV, why would you trust them to work on any of your documents?” says Corinne.
With the UK facing the toughest job market for decades; it is now more important than ever to ensure your CV shows that you would be capable of doing the job your apply for — and that means no errors
Corinne Mills gives the following tips for writing your CV:
• Check: Check, double-check and then get someone else to check your CV to ensure there are no mistakes
• Watch your language!: Include content that is relevant to the job in question providing examples to back up your statements. Use language that is concise rather than jargon heavy.
• Visuals: Ensure that your CV looks good, using a clear, consistent, style that is visually pleasing and makes the information easy to read