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The importance of proofreading CVs and job cover letters

With recent research showing there are as many as 160 graduates chasing every job opening, it’s a wonder that poorly put-together CVs and cover letters are still so widespread. When competition for jobs has never been more vicious, why put yourself at an instant disadvantage? It is much easier to alter the quality of the spelling, grammar and structure of your application than your job history, after all. The time spent setting up an impressively put-together application might be minimal, but the pay-off can be immense; read on for the reasons why a well-presented CV and cover letter could boosting your chances of securing that all-important call-back.

First impressions

In the same way you probably wouldn’t attend a job interview wearing the same t-shirt and bottoms you lounge around the house in, you shouldn’t hand in a sloppy CV and cover letter, either. And, with more applicants and less jobs than ever before, first impressions are crucial. Many employers are inundated with applications, and will not have the luxury to spend a great deal of time reviewing most CVs. Little more than a cursory glance could result in your application going straight in the bin—no matter how impressive your background. If your formatting is inconsistent or unprofessional in appearance, or your spelling and grammar is questionable, this could also reflect poorly on your intelligence and reliability. If it doesn’t look like you’ve invested time in your application, an employer might reasonably deduce that you are unlikely to pay especial attention to the job at hand.

Staying relevant

Due to high volumes of applications, many employers and recruiters utilise key-word filtering software to streamline the recruitment process. A more exaggerated form of the more traditional skim-read, key-word filtering is a particularly impersonal and cut-throat approach to candidate selection, but has nevertheless become increasingly popular. If your CV is not worded carefully, if a letter is out of place, or your key skills are not highlighted with clear, succinct language, your CV could get passed over on a mere technicality. Even if the employer is using more traditional methods of assessing your CV, if it is poorly presented, important information could easily get passed over or forgotten during a hassled speed-read. Proofreading your CV, or making use of a CV proofreading service that ensures the logical flow of your application, could make things considerably easier on the employer. After all, if there’s one person’s good side you want to get on, it’s theirs.

Demonstrating key skills

For certain lines of work, an impeccably edited and well-formatted CV or cover letter is non-negotiable. Most job roles place a special emphasis on technical or communication skills, and some, such as journalism, editing and publishing, necessitate strong attention to detail as a matter of course. These job types also tend to be especially competitive, so falling down on your spelling and grammar is not an option. The first sight of a misplaced apostrophe might enrage a pedantic employer enough to abandon your application at once. On the other hand, skilful usage of grammatical and technical formatting conventions will entice them to read on, ensuring your application is rewarded with a more in-depth review.

As the examples above make clear, a combination of presentation and content is key. And, with high levels of applications in circulation that contain varying amounts of mistakes, a flawless CV and cover letter could make you stand out—which is no mean feat in the current economic climate.