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!

2 responses to “First rule of job applications: perfect spelling, English & grammar”

  1. 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.

  2. So true..

    Perfect spelling, English & grammar in the resume is very important. A single mistake can cost you a lot. A properly made CV makes a good impression on the recruiter. Th job application must be properly made with no mistakes.

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