Most job seekers put a lot of time and effort into creating the best possible CV when applying for a new job, but many fail to proofread or check for errors. That’s according to the job search engine, Adzuna. In a survey of 20,000 CVs, the researchers found that just 6% were error-free, and six in ten contained more than five mistakes. Yet hirers say that one of the biggest turn-offs when it comes to CVs is typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
Get it right and get the job
It was found that candidates consistently misspelled the same buzzwords. ‘Experience’, ‘liaising’, ‘professional’, ‘management’ and ‘efficient’ were all commonly misspelled. Apostrophe use was another area where candidates frequently got it wrong. And hirers were surprised by the number of applicants that used US spelling and Americanisms when applying for jobs in UK companies.
No matter how good your experience or skill set, a single typo on your CV can put off recruiters simply because it looks unprofessional and makes you appear to lack attention to detail.
Yet it takes very little time to use a spellchecker or other proofing tool. At the very least, you should get an unbiased, objective, second opinion. Since your CV is your single most important tool when it comes to securing the job you really want, it has to stand out. Here are some ways you can do that…
Tips for your CV
Keep it simple and succinct – Your CV should be no more than a double-sided sheet of A4. That should be more than enough to share your details and bullet-point your main skills and experience in order to engage hirers
Customise your CV for each job application – Many employers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and if you don’t update your CV to focus on the key skills and experience required for the position, then you could be screened out early on.
Layout details in reverse chronological order – Your work experience is one of the key areas that will be scrutinised by employers. List your experience starting with your most recent job, highlighting the skills that are relevant for your application.
Get a second opinion – While many people now hire a professional to create their CV, you should always get a friend or family member to review what you’ve written in order to get an objective overview of what you could do better.
Proofread and always use a spellchecker – Always print out your CV and read it out loud to check for errors. There are numerous proofing tools available that can be used to make sure that spelling and grammar are perfect. Don’t let a silly typo cost you the job.
Don’t exaggerate – A staggering number of UK professionals say that they lied on their CV. Don’t. It simply isn’t worth it. Hirers know what to look for and how to read between the lines. If you’re not found out straight away, you could be subject to some very difficult questioning at interview.
Now you’ve created a CV that showcases your unique talents, visit Zoek to find the best jobs for your next application.