Heard the one about the candidate who put "I'm looking manly for an IT role,'" on his (or maybe her) CV?
What about the CV that boasted the applicant was "a director with strong breath"?
These are just two of the CV mistakes that turned up in a new survey of 500 CVs by Corinne Mills, career coach and author of ‘You’re Hired! How to write a brilliant CV’.
One CV claimed that the candidate had been, “Responsible for drug abuse, alcohol and antisocial behaviour” and another stated proudly, “I don't consummate alcohol”.
All very hilarious - but when they have finished laughing at these CV errors, most potential hirers would likely file the offending application in the bin. Many personnel directors have told me that errors on CVs are the number one reason why they discard candidates' applications.
The survey found that 98 per cent of the CVs examined had spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or poor presentation. It was not confined to the junior applicants - chief executives, professionals and recent graduates drafted over half of the CVs. ?
So, if you don't want to doom your application to failure from the word go, here are a few tips:
Until next time,