Survey reveals only 10 per cent submit totally original CVs
Recruiters be warned: most job seekers plagiarise elements of their CV, according to new research.
In order to disguise poor written communication skills or perhaps simply due to the pressure of creating a stellar CV, a colossal 90 per cent of British adults copy parts of online CV templates into their own document, recruitmentgrapevine.com reports. The discovery was made in a poll of 993 adults by research company, Marketing Minds.
With 78 per cent of respondents claiming they preferred verbal communication and a further 68 per cent saying that what they write ‘doesn’t make sense’, it’s little surprise that so many cut and paste from the plethora of templates that are freely available on the net.
Although using a template as a guide to formatting a CV is nothing to be worried about, lifting the information contained therein is plagiarism, if not fraud, and so highlights the importance of thorough CV vetting. While most applicants wouldn’t dream of doing this, those who do still effectively mask the deficiency of an essential skill: written communication.
Speaking to hrreview.co.uk, business communications expert and author, Christopher Stoakes said the results ‘reflected a worrying trend’ where recruiters are unable to distinguish between ‘those who can and can’t write well’.
“The research confirms what employers have been saying for some time, that today’s fresh graduates can’t write well in the workplace,” he added.