Bad spelling and text speak are costing Australian job seekers great job opportunities according to Talent2, Australia's leading human resource firm. A survey of 5,000 CV's and covering letters showed that Australian applicants are struggling to produce covering letters and CV's without at least one basic spelling or grammatical error. The survey revealed that younger job seekers below the age of 30 are most likely to misspell fundamental words and employers are easily turned off by sloppily produced CV's.
Mr Paul Jury of Talent2 says "Job seekers must pay attention to getting their resumés as perfect as possible. In this day and age of spell check there really is no excuse to miss out on being short listed for a job when the experience and qualifications are spot on but the spelling is way off.
"Commonly misspelled words include role and roll, personnel and personell, redundant and redundent, tenure and tenur, fulfillment and fullfillment, committed and commited, equiptment and equipment, experience and experiance, receive and recieve, reference and referance, separate and seperate, necessary and necesary, etc.
Resumés are the first step to attracting the attention of the employer. It is absolutely crucial that the applicant's CV presents the applicant in the very best manner. Apostrophes need to be in the correct spot, capital letters should not be indiscriminately applied, and superfluous information edited. The clue is to proof the work and then get someone else to proof the work a second time."