‘Pour grammer, speling and using txt’ on CVs is damaging job prospects for thousands of people, according to research carried out by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
The nationwide survey of recruitment professionals found that 47 per cent said that half the CVs they received contained grammatical errors with the worst offenders in the 21-25 year-old age group.
Men are worse than women, with 70 per cent of respondents saying that a CV from a man is more likely to contain errors.
The survey found:
- One of the most common mistakes is misspelling ‘curriculum vitae’
- 27 per cent of respondents said that candidates looking for secretarial and clerical roles are most likely to include mistakes
- Teachers are the least likely to include mistakes
- 59 per cent of recruiters said that employers think that including hobbies and interests is a waste of space.
According to Marcia Roberts, chief executive at the REC, many employers won’t even consider job candidates who make basic grammatical mistakes on their CVs.
“Candidates who make errors run the risk of missing out on being short listed for a job for which they may have the right experience and qualifications,” she said.
“Feedback from our members, recruitment professionals across the UK, reveals that they are having to spend more time with candidates to make sure their CVs are up to scratch.
“According to the latest REC/KPMG Report on Jobs, there is a strong demand for staff which indicates that job applicants need more help with getting into work.
“Some sectors, such as construction and engineering, experience ongoing skills shortages and it’s frustrating that from the outset, candidates are not doing themselves any favours in preparation towards securing that crucial first interview.”