First rule of job applications: perfect spelling, English & grammar

Always Check for spelling errors image - checking your C.V.We recruit for all sorts of jobs: in the main admin / accounts & office support but we also love the odd quirky job & do a fantastic job with Motorbikes & Biomass engineers.

The whole process isn’t really very different as long as you take the time to understand the clients & the differing skill sets sought, but one thing that I suppose took me a little by surprise is that no quarter is given with poorly spelled cover letters or bad grammar whether you’re going for a £22k Motorcycle job or a £15k basic office admin role. The same effort must go into it & the same standard of cover letter / CV is expected.

We could never really accept a badly spelled CV & employers definitely won’t. So if spelling isn’t your forte – as it isn’t for lots of levels of job / applicants – what do you do?

Here are some real quick & easy things that might help:

Get someone to check your CV & the cover letter BEFORE you mail it off.

Take your time in ensuring you get that grammar correct. It’s not job ‘ROLL’ it’s ROLE’. A spellcheck won’t pick that up as both are spelled correctly, they’re just used in the wrong context.

Don’t type your CV in all capital letters. This is an absolute no & it happens often!

Make the cover letter relevant & enforce why you’re applying for the job. We find this especially easy to demonstrate with motorcycles where we must see a passion for them & that’s how we decide who to interview & who to decline. We ask for evidence of that passion in ads but regularly get CV’s where we have to go back & request that info. We bother – others might just reject.

Make sure you’re applying with the right job title / description in the email.

…….And apply via email. Letters are a thing of the past!

All basic stuff we know, but for candidates less likely to have a good CV to hand, it’s clear, simple instructions. We often get rushed cover emails & patchy CV’s & we can & do reject candidates regularly on that basis.

I’m Roseanne & I successfully run Nu-Recruit Career Consultants – I place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester & Wirral. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way. Call me if you think my experience will help you get the best candidate for your job! And please feel free comment on my Blog…..And I love what I do. Finally if you’re stuck writing a CV – go online; you’ll find lots of levels of help out there & read more of our blogs. We know our stuff!

One response to “First rule of job applications: perfect spelling, English & grammar”

  1. James Scott says:

    Yes this is quite true that a perfect job application should not have any spell error, English or grammatical mistakes since it creates a bad impact on the prospective employer. Whether it’s an IT recruitment company or any other organisation, the job application should be perfect in every way.

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