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Basic CV errors 'killing applications'

Published: Thursday, 10 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

New research has found that a high proportion of CV's belonging to UK jobseekers contain a fundamental error.

Data from recruitment firm Jobsincredit indicated that four out of ten CVs received by an employer contain some form of basic error.

Spelling mistakes, poor punctuation and bad design top the list of CV crimes, according to the study.

The survey looked at 100 HR professionals with some of the UK's leading organisations and asked them to gauge the proportion of CVs they received containing mistakes that led them to dismiss the application.

Brett Marlow, director of Jobsincredit.com said it was "amazing" to see that so many CVs contained errors that would direct the application straight to the bin.

"With spelling and grammar checkers built into word processors, there's simply no excuse for a CV to contain typos. As for design, the principle offenders are the use of outlandish fonts and poor layout. A great CV needs to be easy to read," he remarked.


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