Applying for a job can be stressful. It can also be extremely depressing. After you’ve sent your CV out 20 times with no response, it’s natural to feel like the world is being a bit of a dick. Well, have you considered that you might be making some critical mistakes in your CV, cover letters or social media presence?

As folks who have reviewed CVs and cover letters, we often see the same mistakes made by Singaporeans, young and old. The next time you apply for a job, run through this checklist of 17 job application mistakes before you hit ‘send’.

CV mistakes

  1. Typos & grammatical mistakes. If you haven’t proofread your CV and cover letter at least 20,000 times before sending them out, why bother? Sure, some employers are more forgiving than others, but that’s a risk you should not be taking. Get a friend or family member to read through your documents. You can try free spellcheck services (like Grammarly) to catch mistakes but remember: algorithms aren’t 100% foolproof.

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