I know that there are already articles out there telling you how important it is to proof read before submitting something – be this an application, CV, dissertation or even an email. Given some of the things that we see in our day to day as recruiters though, I would suggest that even more emphasis needs to be given to this point. We have heard recently that errors on CV’s have reached a five-year high (or low!), so it really is more important than ever to ensure you don’t fall into this trap.
I have received applications from candidates with a wide variety of errors, the most frequent of which is possibly ‘liase’. I have had people sending me documents entitled ‘cirriculum vitae’, someone who is currently a ‘sorcing mnager’ and someone who specified that their ideal job title is ‘wartehousr manager’ – these don’t give the best first impression of you as a candidate!
Of course, I am aware that there can be all sorts of reasons for errors and that it is not always carelessness that causes these, but I would strongly suggest that everybody gets a second pair of eyes to proofread any work they submit. Regardless of how good a writer / speller you are, or how difficult you might find it, if you have been staring at the same piece of work for any period of time you can become blind to some errors.
You can’t just rely on old faithful ‘spell check’ either, especially for the many; to / two /too, or their / they’re and there confusion that we see so frequently. Please also check that you haven’t been talking about what you have been doing in your current ‘roll’. The benefit of a second pair of eyes really cannot be overstated.
Of course recruiters and employers are not infallible either, and there are occasions where we too could have more of a keen eye. If you want to see evidence of this then you only have to follow @JobPostShame on Twitter – they trawl through Indeed and pick out some of the most frequent and worst mistakes and typos on job adverts on the site. It is amazing how many times the letter ‘f’ is omitted from the word ‘shift’ in job titles and descriptions, probably not the first impression of a job that the client was hoping for!
Just remember, whoever you are and whichever part of the recruitment process you are involved in; if you are specifying that you have or need ‘good attention to detial’ then you may need to try again.