Your CV is your introduction to potential employers. It’s the first impression you’re able to make, and it will determine whether or not you will get to meet them face to face. if you want to get a foot in the door for your dream job, you’ll need to ensure your CV is polished and professional. 

 

Grammar mistakes tend to trip up even the most diligent of writers. Here are some pitfalls to avoid when checking through your CV - Don't just rely on spell check! 

 

Ready for a grammar refresher….here we go. 

 

 

Homophones

 

Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings. Common examples include “their”, “they’re” and “there”, as well as “too”, “two” and “to.” It’s very easy to miss these words in a spell check as the spelling isn’t the problem. The problem is the misuse of the word, which can only be caught by double checking through your CV. Be sure to proofread with the intention to catch errors of this kind. In fact, having a friend or relative look over it is usually a safe bet, especially if you feel grammar is not your strong point. What you want to avoid is employers thinking you have a lack of attention to detail. 

 

 

Possessives & Contractions

 

One of the more annoying CV grammar mistakes made by job seekers is the confusion between words of possession and words that are simply contractions of two other words. Here’s an example. The word “your” is a possessive. It describes something belonging to “you.” However the word “you’re” is a contraction of the words “you” and “are,” and it implies an action rather than possession. Confusing these two words will give the impression that you might not be the right candidate for the job. 

 

 

Poor Use of Apostrophes

 

Occasionally, people will throw in an unnecessary apostrophe, such as in words they may intend to make plural. One such common error is when stating, “supervised staff of 10 employee’s.” There is no need to insert an apostrophe in the word “employees” because it is used as a plural in this instance, not as a possessive word. This one seems straightforward, but it’s seen far more often than it should be seen on CVs. 

 

 

Subject-Verb Agreement 

 

When writing sentences in your CV, pay special attention that the subject matches the verb in number and person. This kind of error is usually an easily-made, careless slip-ip, but it’s also one that can be avoided through simply proofreading out loud. You’ll be able to hear straight away whether you may have added an unnecessary “s” to a first-person singular verb when you might overlook the mistake by simply reading it silently. 

 

 

Inconsistent Tense 

 

When writing your CV, you want to use the past tense when talking about precious jobs or experiences. When referring to your current position, you can use the present tense. Be sure to stick with the correct tense throughout your CV. Switching from terms like “work” and “worked” haphazardly throughout the CV without rhyme or reason looks unprofessional and sloppy. It’s a sign you may not take pride in the work you put out. 

 

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