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Funny CV Mix-ups, Typos and Blunders!

I am sure you have all been guilty of sending an email or text message with a funny typo or autocorrect in it? I know I have! While these are amusing in your personal life how embarrassed would you be if you did something similar in a professional environment?

I think you will all be genuinely surprised by how many mix ups, grammatical errors and typos we see on the CVs we receive from professionals. Please let me warn you this is not just from individuals looking to get into recruitment but also from more senior professionals with a wealth of recruitment experience – who scarily scrutinise CVs all day long!

While these comical errors tickle us in the Talent Acquisition team here at Morgan McKinley, other managers, stakeholders and employers may look at them in a more negative light. Really they show a lack of attention to detail, no pride in your work and tell the viewer that you are not taking your application seriously.

So this is my reminder to all professionals, of ALL seniority levels to remember to check your CVs again and again and again, then when you think you have checked it enough get someone else to check over it too. Your CV is the first impression a recruiter or employer will have of you, make that first impression a good one and don’t be the candidate with the amusing typo!

I would like to share these with you. (These are taken from real CV situations documented across various social media sites and forums.) Enjoy!

  • “Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail” - Obviously not!
  • “I speak fluent English and Spinach” – I have never visited Spinach, is it nice?
  • “I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.” - This typo is detrimental to your chances of getting this job!
  • “I have had sex jobs so far…” – I really hope you mean six jobs!
  • “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.” – We all want a party-time job don’t we?
  • "I have a bachelorette degree in computers.” – Is this the female version of a Bachelor Degree?  
  • “I enjoy cooking Italians and Chinese” – Sorry is this Hannibal Lector’s CV?
  • Nov 12, 2014
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