Errors often found in the Curriculum Vitae

Errors often found in the Curriculum Vitae

This is important for the young adults who are going to take up the respective jobs.  Intellectuals can ignore what I am going to explain with regard to the errors made in the CV when applying for a job.  My aim is to bring to the attention of those young adults who are writing the CV.

Although I am not so good at English, I cannot accept such mistakes made. When I come across some errors in the curriculum vitae, it looks awful to me.  Job seekers should pay attention to those errors if they wish to get a good job.

  • To get a job, you have to appear for an interview

  • Based on your CV, you are selected to appear for an interview

  • If your initial CV has errors, you will not be called for an interview; thus it is impossible for you to show your skills

CVs or Resumes can be written in different styles.  I am not going to elaborate what a CV is or what a Resume is.  But I am going to point out the errors that are often found in some CVs or Resumes.  Such errors are not a big issue but applicants should pay attention while writing the CV/Resume.

These small errors prove that the applicant does not have the very basic skills – “attention to skills” - On account of these small errors, the applicant can get a low impression on his education qualification.

Career Objective

It is your aim with regard to your career.

Instead of the correct spelling “career”, it is misspelt “carrier”.  These two words are also pronounced differently.

Therefore, instead of “Career Objective”, the applicant made an error “Carrier Objective”, which is an unacceptable error.

Title: Assistant or Assistance (?)

The two words “assistant” and “assistance” can be applied to different usages.

“Assistant” (a noun): a person who assists; a helper – for example, a laboratory assistant

“Assistance” (noun): help – for example, do you need assistance?

Common titles: HR Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Admin Assistant, Office Assistant

The word “assistant” can be used also as an adjective; for example, Assistant Accountant (adjective is placed before the noun)

Therefore, errors such as HR Assistance or Assistance Accountant should be avoided when writing the Curriculum Vitae or the Resume.

Education Qualification (mentioned in the CV/Resume)

When mentioning your Bachelor’s degree, please check on your Certificate or in the booklet that you received on your graduation day.  Being a degree holder, the applicant should be able to write correctly his/her Bachelor’s degree. In my opinion, the applicant should take pride of his/her Bachelor’s degree.

Diplomas and Certificates obtained (mentioned in the CV/Resume)

When mentioning the diplomas & certificates obtained, the applicant should check them properly in order not to misspell the subjects related to the diplomas or the certificates.  The applicant may have obtained genuine diplomas & certificates on various subjects.   However, if errors are made, it is not acceptable for the interviewer and the applicant is likely to be rejected. 

Another common mistake often found in a CV/Resume: “Supply Change” instead of “Supply Chain”

“Chain” and “Change”; these two words are explained as follows:

Supply Chain: to provide support in series

Change: to make different

The CV or the Resume of the applicant, at a first glance, should be attractive and draw the attention of the interviewer.  Consider the CV/Resume as a flyer for introducing a new product for sale or for providing service(s).

Remember that colourful and illustrated flyers only attract the buyers.

It does not mean that the applicant should write the CV/Resume using coloured inks.

For a post where creativity is necessary, then the applicant can be creative in writing his/her CV/Resume.

The photograph of the applicant

If it is not necessary, do not paste the photo on the CV/Resume. In case, it is necessary, use a decent passport-size photo only. Avoid using other types of photos; such as a selfie- photo (which I have come across while screening the CVs/Resumes).

Email address of the applicant 

The applicant when giving his/her email address, should remember that it must look professional.  For example, the following email addresses do not either look professional nor effective but such accounts are nonsense and should be omitted.

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

The CV/Resume is a Latin word, literally meaning the course of one’s life”.  It sets out all the applicant’s details, education, qualifications and working experience in a logical, easy-to-find column format.   

The purpose of the CV/Resume is not to get the job but to get an interview.  Therefore, it should look attractive and neatly presented; make it stand out from the rest.