Half of UK employees can't write a good CV

Half of UK employees can't write a good CV

Almost half (48.1%) of UK workers cannot write a stand out CV – with 12.5% admitting they’ve written a fib on their résumés to boost their chances.

The study by CV-Library surveyed over 3,000 UK workers and found that nearly a quarter (22.4%) encouraged those looking for a first job to tell a white lie to help them get their foot in the door.

23.8% of candidates do not know how to tailor their CV, making it relevant to different job roles.

Confidence affected almost a third (31%) who said they did not have enough knowledge to confidently write their CV when applying for their first job and 16.4% admitted that they wouldn’t be able to write a good CV.

Perhaps accounting for this, one in five had to learn the trade of writing their first CV by themselves.

A large 93.7% believe that more job-hunting skills, such as application writing and interviewing, should be taught at school, and more guidance from recruiters (6.8%) and employers (5.4%) would also be useful.

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s worrying that many job hunters are making mistakes because they do not have the necessary insight to embark on a confident job search. In order to get ahead and nab the best jobs out there, candidates need to do all they can to get noticed and recruiters should be on hand to help.

"As an industry, it is important that we help to educate candidates on the best ways to write and tailor each application, as well as creating a stand out, truthful, CV that will boost their chances of finding the right job.

“It’s clear that more direction is needed to help candidates feel confident in their job search, and our research suggests that recruiters and employers bear some of the responsibility in ensuring that all candidates have the basic skills required for securing a job. We all know how difficult it can be to get on the career ladder, but with a little help throughout their education and into their working lives, we can ensure that candidates embark on a happy and successful job hunt.”


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