Almost half of all CVs received by job agencies contain basic spelling mistakes, new research has shown.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's survey of over 250 recruitment firms revealed that 47 per cent of CVs received by such companies contained grammar and spelling errors, with the worst culprits being young men.
The survey, carried out on behalf of the BBC, found that those aged between 21 and 25-years-old were the most culpable, with men being more likely to make mistakes than women, according to 70 per cent of respondents.
"The findings show that jobseekers should first pay more attention to getting the basics right," said Marcia Roberts, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
"Candidates who make errors run the risk of missing out on being short-listed for a job for which they may have the right experience and qualifications," Ms Roberts concluded.
Last year a separate poll of employers revealed that 77 per cent of those surveyed cited bad English as the main cause for complaint when considering a CV.