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Resume of Errors: 'I'm a pubic relations officer'

Source: PTI
May 08, 2009 15:43 IST
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I love cooking dogs", "I was responsible for dissatisfied customers", "My job is to pervert unauthorised people from coming onto site", "I have excellent poof-reading skills"... Fret not. These are only bloomers from job applicants, a new survey of CV blunders has revealed.

According to the survey, 94 per cent of job hunters risked missing out on vacancies through poor spelling, grammar or presentation on their CVs.

What's hilarious is that in some cases, applicants' attempts to impress potential employers failed through the odd missed word, with phrases such as: "I was responsible for dissatisfied customers."

For others, the omission of a single letter consigned their CV to the dustbin: "I am a pubic relations officer." And sparing use of comma led to seemingly embarrassing disclosures of equal note: "My interests include cooking dogs."

From a sample of 450 CVs, researchers found that 81 per cent were laden with spelling and grammatical errors, while nearly half were poorly laid out. A mere six per cent were error-free, the survey has found.

In fact, mistakes were not confined to applicants for menial roles either -- many of the CVs riddled with errors were drafted by CEOs, professionals and recent graduates, the researchers from Personal Career Management said.

"Many of the people whose CVs end up in the waste paper bin are perfectly capable of doing the job. However, a poor CV means they will not get the opportunity to prove it.

"Why would anyone want to employ a lawyer or a secretary who makes spelling mistakes or errors? If they can't pay attention to their own CV, why would you trust them to work on any of your documents?" Corinne Mills of PCM was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying.

It seems no one is above mistakes!

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