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Poor CVs are costing North-Easterners jobs, says survey
A SURVEY of career advisors in the region has revealed common mistakes that prevent jobseekers from landing a position.
Almost 80 per cent of advisers from the National Careers Service said that the most common mistake people made across the country was sending generic CVs to employers and two-thirds also said that this mistake was the one most likely to stop a candidate being put forward for an interview.
Meanwhile, research among job seekers in the North-East revealed that 29 per cent of the people questioned admitted to not having tailored their CVs to jobs in the past.
Other common CV mistakes mentioned by careers advisors were failure to highlight the candidate’s strengths (76 per cent), length of the CV (65 per cent) and spelling mistakes (61 per cent). However, a quarter of the people surveyed in the North-East were not aware of having made any mistakes on their CVs.
The National Careers Service has launched a new dedicated hour of CV support on Twitter and Facebook - dubbed #cvoclock - from 1pm to 2pm every Monday.
Gary Flavell, from Stockton, who was out of work for five weeks before getting in touch with the National Careers Service and securing a job as a security officer, said: “I contacted the National Careers Service because I realised that I needed help with writing my CV. For instance, in order to secure job interviews, I knew I needed to tailor my CV to the jobs I was applying for, but didn’t know how.”
The National Careers Service can be contacted on 0800 100 900. The survey was conducted with 196 careers advisers from the National Careers Service via SurveyMonkey.
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