Nine out of 10 on­line CVS re­veal mul­ti­ple spell­ing er­rors

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By El­liott Kime

THE ma­jor­ity of CVS con­tain ba­sic spell­ing and gram­mar er­rors, a largescale study has re­vealed, with the most com­mon blun­der be­ing un­nec­es­sary apos­tro­phes added to “GCSES.”

A re­view of 20,000 CVS sub­mit­ted on­line found that nine in 10 of them had mis­spelt words, with only 1,134 fault free. Five or more er­rors were dis­cov­ered in 12,666 of those looked at.

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

The gram­mat­i­cal mis­take, which in­di­cates some­one or some­thing’s pos­ses­sion of an­other, 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, with “re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” and ‘pro­fes­sional’ fol­low­ing with 60 and 53 er­rors re­spec­tively. “Li­ais­ing” and “strate­gis­ing” com­pleted the top five mis­spelled words found on CVS up­loaded to the web­site’s in-house anal­y­sis tool.

An­drew Hunt­ley, co-founder of, said: “Em­ploy­ers may be put off by am­a­teur CV er­rors like adding in rogue apos­tro­phes. They sug­gest a job­seeker lack­ing soft skills such as at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Women show greater dili­gence than men, with 8 per cent of women’s CVS flaw­less com­pared with 6 per cent of men’s. And re­gional vari­a­tions sug­gest that York­shire has the most ac­cu­rate CVS, with 13 per cent er­ror free.

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