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Bad CVs irritate employers

Published: Thursday, 21 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Badly written CVs are a major annoyance to employers and are losing potential candidates jobs, according to new research.

A new study by fish4jobs has found that 73 per cent of employers find poorly written CVs more of a turn-off than an applicant arriving late, wearing inappropriate clothes or swearing in an interview, reports Recruiter.

The research found that the most easily avoided errors are often the ones which will annoy the employer the most.

Some 67 per cent of respondents named misspelling of key details as their biggest bugbear, 89 per cent cited grammatical errors, 65 per cent objected to the inclusion of irrelevant information and 63 per cent were irritated by inappropriate email addresses.

According to the findings, one misplaced letter can have a major effect on the chances of a candidate, as it indicates a lack of care over the initial part of the application.

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