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Spelling and grammar most common problem on CVs

Style issues such as spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are the most common shortcomings on CVs which are submitted to employers, it has been claimed.

Specialist writing consultancy The Write Stuff, found that these types of errors are rife in CVs, and they should not be there.

Founder Peter Panayotou said: “Some people are not that detail-orientated, and you ought to be very thorough when going through your CV to make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors in it.

“If this is a sales document that’s supposed to represent you, obviously you’ve got to do everything you can to make sure you’ve got it right.”

A recent study of 600 CVs by recruitment firm IntaPeople found that spelling and grammar mistakes were the most common errors, with almost a third of job applicants committing this cardinal sin on their documents.

Inappropriate content was another issue which was highlighted. Highlights included a man who put a picture of his face as the background of his CV, another mentioned their dream to open an aerobics studio in an application for an IT role.