The most common mistake that many job seekers make when applying for a vacancy

The most common mistake that many job seekers make when applying for a vacancy

Always double-check your work: A study of almost 150,000 CVs revealed that one in three had five or more errors.

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. More than 5,000 of those looked at contained 20 or more spelling slip-ups.

The three most commonly misspelt words on CVs were “organisation”, “modelling” and “behaviour”, said the report. The top 10 was completed by “judgment”, “transferable”, “labour”,”equipment”, “practised”, “demeanour” and “liaising”.

Jobseekers also used American spellings such as “analyze” in applications for work, said Adzuna.

Other mistakes included leaving gaps in employment history, invalid email addresses, or CVs which were either too brief or too long.

Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter said sloppy CVs may be holding back hordes of jobseekers, adding: “Submitting a CV is usually the first step in the application process and the first chance to impress.

“Documents with spelling errors or missing information often lead to a jobseeker falling at the first hurdle.

“Taking care to outline career ambitions in a personal statement and indicating employment preferences like remote or hybrid working can help set expectations.

“It may also help fast-track a jobseeker finding a good match in an employer, and hopefully a fulfilling future career path.”


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