Basic CV Errors Deter Employers

Almost two-thirds of employers have been deterred from recruiting a job applicant because of basic grammatical errors in their CV, research has highlighted.

A survey of 1,000 employers by recruitment agency Staff Bay also found that for 25 per cent of respondents, the second-biggest mistake made by applicants was including too much information on their CV.

“A few years ago, an applicant’s biggest downfall was not tailoring their CV to the specific role they were applying for.”

said Staff Bay founder Tony Wilmot.

“Now applicants are aware of the necessities of personalising their entry and have completely sidelined the importance of the English language — to employers this looks lazy and careless.”

The research highlighted that the most common grammatical errors that applicants made in their CVs were using ‘you’re’ instead of ‘your’, ‘it’s’ instead of ‘its’ and ‘accept’ instead of ‘except’.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said employers are being inundated with unsuitable CVs for advertised positions and were struggling to fill vacancies.

“High levels of unemployment have boosted quantity, but employers are struggling with quality,”

said CIPD resourcing adviser Claire McCartney.

“Headlines focus on high levels of unemployment, but those stark statistics mask an ongoing struggle for employers to find the skills and experience they need. With more cuts in the public sector expected and only marginal private sector growth, we expect a continued ‘safety-first’ approach from employees, with many wanting to stay put for the next couple of years at least, making it difficult for employers to really drive a competitive edge through the recruitment of talented individuals.”

See our article on Recruiting and Interviweing for more in-depth guidance on the application process.

Basic CV Errors Deter Employers

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