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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 00:24 GMT
Job applications 'full of errors'
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People need to take more care over their job applications
Job applications sent to employers are full of basic grammar and spelling mistakes, research carried out for the BBC has discovered.

Nearly half of all CVs received by recruitment firms contain grammatical and spelling errors, a survey of 266 firms found.

Mistakes highlighted by the survey included confusing there and their and the incorrect use of the apostrophe.

Experts said people should ask friends and relatives to check their CVs.

Back to basics

Research carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation found that 47% of all CVs received by agencies contained mistakes.

Applicants aged between 21 and 25 were found to have made the most mistakes while 70% of firms said that female applicants were less error-prone than men.

Candidates who make errors run the risk of missing out on being short-listed for a job
Marcia Roberts, Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Frequent mistakes included misspelling of the words curriculum vitae, liaison, role and personal as well as the incorrect use of capital letters.

The majority of firms also said applicants were wasting their time by including details about their hobbies and interests on their CV.

BBC labour affairs correspondent Stephen Cape said the research indicated that many young people were missing out on job opportunities because of poor spelling and confusing applications.

The majority of young school leavers are incapable of writing or speaking plain, basic English
Ann Thracks, New Romney

"The findings show that jobseekers should first pay more attention to getting the basics right," Recruitment and Employment Confederation chief executive Marcia Roberts said.

She added that people should consult recruitment firms as well as friends before sending off forms.

"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."

Writer Hilary Spurling gives her reaction to the survey

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