survey by Reed of 300 employers.
50% said their top bugbear was poor spelling and grammar
33% said the most irritating phrase was "socialising with friends"
40% said they would disregard any CV if it had no cover letter
Employers do have some "likes" too:
91% said a 2 page Word document (I assume that includes a pdf file) is preferred for a CV
50% said that a logical order/relevance is the most important feature in a CV
82% said they're impressed if a candidate follows up their application/expresses further interest.
See the survey for more tips
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