Most CVs contain spelling errors, study reveals, with misplaced apostrophes the most common mistake

Adzuna, who supply real-time data to the Government’s No.10 jobs dashboard, analysed CVs on its ValueMyCV tool online, where users are given an estimation of how much their skills and experience is worth to potential employers.

The evaluation tool includes a specially designed automated spell checker which guides jobseeker’s through high risk and low risk spelling errors in their job applications.

Americanisms were also rife, with misspellings such as ‘organization’, ‘specialized’, ‘centre’ and ‘humor’ cropping up repeatedly.

The data also reveals that women pay greater due diligence than men, with 8% of female CVs being declared ‘flawless’ compared with just 6% of men.

Regional variations also suggest that jobseekers in Northern Ireland are most likely to have typos littered across on their CV with just 3.7% of CVs proving flawless. On the other hand, Yorkshire can boast having the most accurate CVs with 13% proving error free, closely followed by job hunters in North East England (9.9%), London (6%) and Scotland (7%).

Northern Ireland’s unemployment is currently the highest nationally, while Yorkshire, London and Scotland’s are among the lowest. Overall, the UK currently has the lowest unemployment figures since 1975 with 1.38 million people looking for work nationally.

Adzuna, founded in 2011 by former eBay and Zoopla executives, was awarded a coveted contract to run the British government’s most used online services, Find a job, in 2018. It has one of the largest free job search functions on the web.

“A good CV should succinctly show off employment history, education and key skills, but it should also be flaw free. Our advice to jobseekers is to triple check spelling and grammar if you want to proceed to the interview stage,” Mr Hunter said, underlining the importance of “highlighting any silly errors that could be holding you back”.


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