A misspelt word is the number one CV crime according to a new poll.
Over half of respondents (54%) in a poll conducted by recruitment outfit, Select Appointments cited spelling mistakes as their biggest pet hate, 17% admitted to being annoyed by a bad layout, and 16% said they are turned off if an applicant’s resume is too long. The use of ‘buzz words’ irritated one in ten employers.
Nicola Severn, for Select said: “Basic spell check facilities are available on the vast majority of modern computers and as such there is no excuse for sloppy spelling. A CV should be seen as a chance to shine. It is a direct reflection of the applicant and if the CV is considered inaccurate or badly organised, there is a danger the applicant will be too.”
Talking exclusively to HR Zone, Catherine Maskell, brand manager for Reed Employment said that from their experience it was lengthy CVs that cost candidates the chance of employment: “One of the main pet CV hates is when a CV is too long and appears to say a lot but not say much at all. It often includes a list of jobs the candidate has undertaken but doesn't necessarily highlight their achievements or how this experience is relevant to the job they’re applying for. It is important to tailor your CV to the job you’re applying for. In a highly competitive market where there is a war for top talent, a standard CV full of waffle simply won’t stand out from the crowd.”
Recent research commissioned by the Spelling Society revealed that as many as around half of British adults are unable to spell commonly used words such as embarrassed, liaison or millennium.