It can be incredibly easy to overlook spelling and grammar mistakes when checking through your CV, so here are some of the key things to watch out for…

Apostrophes:

One of the most common mistakes in a CV is the inclusion of unnecessary apostrophes.
GCSEs, A-Levels and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) don’t need apostrophes.
“It” should only be followed by an apostrophe as a contraction of “it is”.
If in doubt, try to avoid contractions.

Homophones:

Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings, so are easy to mix up.
Commonly mixed up words include:
– There/Their/They’re
– To/Two/Too
– Affect/Effect
– Accept/Except
If you’re unsure which spelling to use, look the word up to be certain of its meaning.

Simple spelling mistakes:

Writing a CV means using more formal language than you would use in everyday life, making it more likely that spelling mistakes will crop up.
Commonly misspelled words include:
– Experience
– Responsibilities
– Professional
– Liaising
– Strategising
– Management
– Efficient
– Maintenance

As a final tip, mistakes can be more difficult to spot in your own writing, so make sure to ask a friend to proofread your CV before sending it off.

 

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