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Physicians, APs: Here’s Why You Don’t Want Errors on Your CV

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Did you know that a grammatical or typing mistake on your CV could stress out 59 percent of employers?

Did you know that using a casual tone in your cover letter could make more than half of recruiters furious and totally turned off to the idea of even talking with you about the job?

This information comes courtesy of a survey conducted by the New College of the Humanities in London, which sampled 2,000 employers in their research. The findings were reported by Helena Horton in The Telegraph.

“Only 1/5th of employers have the patience to finish reading a CV,” Horton writes. “…The research also shows recruiters get angry by those with an ‘unprofessional’ email address—so if yours has a joke in it or a weird nickname, consider setting up a new one.”

And don’t even think about using emojis, because “four in 10 employers (42 per cent) hate them.”

Honestly, it seems supremely adolescent to use emojis for something as professional as a CV, but if it’s in the survey, then that means someone (and probably many someones) have committed that stylistic crime.

As far as errors go, proofread, proofread, proofread. And before you apply to each job, proofread your CV again. And don’t be afraid to change the phrasing on your application as your job search progresses. Your CV should be improved and not locked in stone.

It seems what most employers should be concerned about, however, is deception. In surveying 2,000 adults, the New College of the Humanities “found one in 12 (8 per cent) have added years on to the amount of time they’ve worked at previous companies.” Five per cent or one in 20 confessed to twisting “the truth about their old position,” and 5 per cent also confessed to fibbing “about their references.”

Women lie more than men “about their hobbies and interests” on their CVs, the study also found, 11 percent vs. 6 per cent.

It’s hard to imagine the long-term benefits one could gain from lying on their CV about anything, but the temptation is certainly there. Consider, though, if an employer discovers that you’ve lied about a hobby. You’re not really an outdoors enthusiast, for example, and spend most of your free time watching TV.

It may seem like a small lie to you, but lying about one thing on your CV could throw into question your entire character. The employer might think, “Well, if he isn’t an outdoors enthusiast and he lied about that to me, what else is he lying about?”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, how many times do you proofread your CV before sending it out to a potential employer? Have you ever lied on your CV?

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