Too many jobseeker's CVs stop them getting work

Mon, 23/09/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

Jobseekers are hurting their chances of getting work through common CV mistakes.

According to new research by the National Careers Service, two-thirds of careers advisors reported that sending general rather than tailored CVs was a major issue and could lead to applicants not getting a job.

More than 60% said spelling mistakes were common, while three-quarters pointed to a failure to highlight strengths as being a key error.

Two-thirds said CVs were often the wrong length, but a third of jobseekers said they did not believe they had ever made a mistake on their CVs.

Careers coach: jobseekers should be realistic and flexible

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 17:47 -- nick

Jeremy I'Anson, the careers coach, has written about the importance of being both flexible and realistic when looking for a job.

Although the latest government figures show falls in unemployment, the reality is that more than 2.5 million people are still without work, and there are more than five people chasing each vacancy.

One-in-five jobseekers lies on CV

Fri, 07/12/2012 - 13:18 -- nick

One-in-five jobseekers would lie on their CV, a new survey by Staffbay, the recruitment company, has found.

20% said they would lie to impress a potential employer, with the most common being fake qualifications or higher grades, and including work experience that did not take place.

Tony Wilmot, founder of Staffbay, said: "Obviously, these figures are shocking, but with as many as 80 people chasing the same job it’s hardly surprising that some jobseekers are prepared to bend the rules a little to enter the world of work.


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