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The Writer: Put a bit of personality in your CV

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People looking to work for a business operating in a serviced office or other buildings should put a bit of personality into their CVs, suggests the Writer.

The business language consultancy said that along with good grammar and punctuation, CVs needed to evoke warmth, be persuasive and make prospective employers actively interested in candidates.

Neil Taylor, a language expert at the Writer, said that to achieve this, job applicants had to be conscious of the way they wrote their CVs.

Mr Taylor said: “Lots of people produce faultless CVs, but they’re too anonymous to tempt anyone to interview them. In fact, most people would forgive a few typos in a CV if that person looked interesting enough to meet.”

His comments come on the back of a claim by an online entrepreneur that poor spelling was costing internet businesses millions of pounds in lost revenue.

Charles Duncombe said that an analysis of website figures shows a single spelling mistake can cut online sales in half.

The Writer is the largest business language consultancy in the UK, helping companies to define their brand, managing writing projects and train people to become more effective and creative writers at work.