What are the most common spelling mistakes on CVs?

Small typos and mistakes are the bane of a working adult’s life – and nothing’s worse than letting one slip on your CV! According to Business Insider, here are the most frequent grammar slip ups we make.

‘Manger’ instead of ‘manager

This error is usually found when CVs are rushed, resulting in a missed ‘a’ in the word ‘manager’. Grammar checking programs aren’t likely to pick this up as ‘manger’ is a correct word – which is why it’s very important to proofread everything yourself!

‘Lead’ instead of ‘led

This minute difference in wording is the most common typo candidates make on their CV. A lot of people tend to use ‘lead’ in its present tense form instead of the correct past tense of ‘led’, which leads to confusion with the metal of the same name.

‘Insure’ instead of ‘ensure

Another example of verbal being confused with written form – ‘ensure’ means you’re making sure of something, whereas ‘insure’ is used chiefly in conjunction with monetary subject matter, and gives a sentence an entirely different meaning!

‘Impliment’ instead of ‘implement

The mistaken spelling of ‘impliment’ likely comes from how it’s said in verbal speech, which results in the false transcription of the word. This one is noticeable if left unchanged, as recruiters will pick up on it quite quickly!

‘Identity’ instead of ‘identify

Though not as common as some of the other mistakes in this list, candidates confusing ‘identify’ with ‘identity’ managed to still stand out. Like most of the other incorrect spellings on this page, it’s hard to detect with autocorrecting software, which means the human eye is required to spot the mistake.

‘Definately’ instead of ‘definitely

Figuring out the number of ‘i’s to use in the word ‘definitely’ is tricky and sometimes hard to remember. Often candidate CVs use an ‘a’ instead of an ‘i’; an easy way to stop yourself from making this error is to remember that there are no ‘a’s in the word ‘definitely’.

‘Compliment’ instead of ‘complement

‘Compliment’ means something very different to ‘complement’ – so if you’re not talking about complimenting (or praising) someone, it most likely doesn’t belong in your CV. A recruiter needs to be able to understand what you’re communicating, so make sure that your wording is clear.

‘Affect’ vs ‘effect

This one has certainly made a lot of us scratch our heads! It can be hard to ascertain when to use ‘affect’ or ‘effect’, which is why this tends to end up wrong on CVs. ‘Affect’ is mostly used as a verb and means “to influence or make a difference to”, whereas ‘effect’ can be used as a noun or a verb but is most commonly used as a noun. ‘Effect’ means “a result or an influence” as a noun and “to bring something about as a result” as a verb. Confusing!

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