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Some Great Missed Mistakes Found in CVs

When it comes to writing your CV, automated spelling checks can be your best friend and worst enemy.

They can be your best friend, because they highlight when you've made a spelling mistake, or grammatical error. They help you double-check the quality of your work.

At the same time, they can also be your worst enemy because if you make an error which is still a real word, it can lead to very unfortunate alterations in meaning.

Here are some of our favourites:

  • “My experience include filing, billing, printing and coping
  • “Demonstrated ability in multi-tasting.”
  • “My work ethics are impeachable.”
  • “I consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.”
  • “Dear Sir or Madman,”
  • “Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.”
  • “I am anxious to use my exiting skills.”
  • “Speak English and Spinach
  • “Following is a grief overview of my skills.”
  • “I’m attacking my resume for you to review.”
  • “I am experienced in all faucets of accounting.”
  • “Hope to hear from you, shorty.”

And the most embarrassing one to finish off our list:

  • “Directed $25 million anal shipping and receiving operations.”

Checking spelling is all about discipline and training. Here are some tips to help you avoid these pitfalls:

  • Ask someone you trust to double check what you've written. Ideally someone with good attention to detail and concentration
  • Read what you've written out loud to ensure that it is not only correct, but also makes sense. If you can, read it out loud to someone else
  • Take a break and return to re-read what you've written
  • Check your use of 'I', 'we', 'us' and 'me' and make sure you're being consistent
  • Clean up long-winded sentences by simplifying and adding full stops where suitable

It's so important, particularly when you're applying for a job, that you make the right first impression. Otherwise there won't be an opportunity to make a second one.

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