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Fatal Spelling Mistakes on a CV

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 24 Sept 2020

Example of a spelling mistake on a CV

Pretend to be a recruiter; what goes through your mind when you see a single insignificant spelling mistake on a CV of an excellent applicant?

For most people, it would be things in the following lines…

  • It can happen to anyone
  • This applicant is also only human (believe it or not)
  • No big deal, he has excellent education and work experience!

Well, guess what a real recruiter thinks when he/she comes across an ‘insignificant’ spelling mistake on a CV…

  • If he couldn’t be bothered to take some time out to write two pages, I can’t be bothered to take time out to read this!
  • He doesn’t have an eye for detail
  • He doesn’t care
  • He lacks writing skills
  • He doesn’t strive for perfection

Spelling on your CV can make or break your chances of getting an interview. Guaranteed.

Whenever a recruiter spots a spelling mistake, typo or a silly sentence structure your chances of getting an interview go down by 101%. It is vital that you hand in a CV which doesn’t contain any spelling or grammar mistakes.

How to avoid spelling mistakes on a CV

  1. Write a CV
  2. Make a second draft
  3. Print it out and re-read it (on paper, not on the screen)
  4. Re-read it several times, on different days
  5. Let at least two other people read your CV carefully and give you feedback
  6. Re-read it again (yeah, I am afraid you have to!)
  7. Create a final draft
  8. Announce a price for anyone finding a spelling/grammar mistake on your CV!

Funny spelling mistakes on CVs

  • Dear Sir/Madman
  • I am excellent at multi-tasting
  • I enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians
  • Left previous job because of maturity leave
  • Seeking a party-time position as a Consultant
  • I also speak German and Spinach
Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).