Spelling mistakes in CVs

ended 24. January 2022

Almost two in three CVs for job applications contain at least one spelling mistake, according to new research.

Jobs site Adzuna said its study of almost 150,000 CVs revealed that one in three had five or more errors. We asked relevant experts for their views on this. 

5 responses from the Newspage community

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Jen David
Owner at CV Shed
"While spelling mistakes and typos are certainly a problem, the larger problem is missing information. Candidates frequently fail to show how their skills align with the requirements of the role and don't highlight what they've achieved in their career, meaning that they can be overlooked in favour of less qualified candidates who are better able to sell themselves. It's important to remember that ultimately, your CV is your personal sales document. It should reflect you, what you can do and what you can offer to a business."
"Spelling and grammar errors do frustrate me, and I’m as guilty as anyone for making mistakes. However, when almost anything that someone writes has an inbuilt spellchecking function other than good old fashioned pen and paper, how they get through baffles me. Of course, we all make mistakes, but the laziness to not proofread or click spell check when it’s something important is astounding."
"Spelling mistakes on CVs are sloppy and lazy, suggests that you really don’t want a job and should result in an automatic decline. Errors on CVs don’t just happen at junior levels, I've recruited for executive level positions in companies and it astounds me that people who are applying for roles with salaries in excess of 100k send in applications that have errors on them. We've even had them where the name of the business is incorrect."
"Spelling mistakes in CVs are a real turn-off in my line of business, where 90% of the job is writing. Our clients expect attention to detail and creative writing flair. If you can’t demonstrate that whilst marketing yourself to us, how do your think that’s going to work out for you when you land a job?"
"Along with repetition and technical jargon, spelling mistakes make up the majority of preventable errors that I see. Don't always rely on spellcheckers. Unintended words such as Pubic, Manger and Sh*t often appear instead of Public, Manager and Shift. Run a search on LinkedIn for profiles with 'Manger' in the job titles and you'll see over 750,000 results." My personal favourite is Qaulity Manger instead of Quality Manager. It's hard to convince someone that you have excellent attention to detail when you fail to spot this doozy.