CVs are a fawlty tower of mis­takes

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Most CVs con­tain ba­sic spelling and gram­mar er­rors, a largescale study has re­vealed.

A re­view of 20,000 CVs sub­mit­ted on­line found that nine in 10 of them had mis­spelt words, with only 1134 fault free.

A glar­ing five or more er­rors were dis­cov­ered in 12,666 of those ex­am­ined.

The adding of an apos­tro­phe where peo­ple listed their GCSE re­sults was writ­ten in 691 CVs, the anal­y­sis by re­cruit­ment search en­gine re­vealed, as peo­ple kept re­fer­ring to their “GCSE’s”.

The gram­mat­i­cal mis­take also af­fected KPIs — key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors — 403 times, when used to de­scribe pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment suc­cesses. A-lev­els also fre­quently fell foul of the rule.

Words that are meant to high­light a prospec­tive em­ployee’s skills and ap­ti­tudes were of­ten mis­spelt. “Ex­pe­ri­ence” be­came “ex­pe­ri­ance” 62 times, fol­lowed by “re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” and “pro­fes­sional” with 60 and 53 er­rors re­spec­tively. “Li­ais­ing” and “strate­gis­ing” com­pleted the top-five mis­spelled words found on CVs up­loaded to the web­site’s anal­y­sis tool.

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