5 hard-to-spot grammar mistakes that might be lurking on your CV

5 hard-to-spot grammar mistakes that might be lurking on your CV
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We've all spent hours checking over our CVs and covering letters,but sometimes there's just one tiny mistake that makes it on there.
It can mean the difference between getting the interview and getting a rejection email.
Here are five surprisingly common grammar mistakes that might still be lurking on your CV.

1. Using there/ they’re/ their incorrectly
Although those three words all sound exactly the same, they have different meanings, and using them in the wrong context is something that grammar sticklers always notice. How do you use them the right way? “There” is used to indicate the placement of something, i.e. “While there I increased revenue by 500%.”
“They’re,” meanwhile, is a shortened version of they are, so you’d say, “I provide clients with the excellent service they’re looking for.”
“Their” is used to explain that something belongs to someone, as in “I was their biggest asset.”

2. Not knowing the difference between your and you’re
It seems simple enough, but don't underestimate how easy it is to let one of these slip under the radar.
We all know "you're" is a contraction of "you are", and "your" is possessive. But something you should also look out for is overusing " you're" out of fear of getting it wrong.
For example: "I was excited about the prospect of joining you're company" "Your no doubt going to get a lot of applications..."

3. Using its/ it’s incorrectly
Although this seems stupid considering how the above rule works, you don’t use an apostrophe to show the possessive of “it.” Example, “I spearheaded an initiative, the first if its kind…” is the right way to use that in a sentence, but if you are shortening “it is” into “it’s,” you use the apostrophe, as in “It’s my dream job.” Easy to miss this one, so be sure to double-check anything you’re sending out to employers.

4. Changing tenses
This kind of mistake can be slightly trickier to notice, and often requires taking a look over your whole CV.
Try to keep your tenses consistent, but ensure the correct ones are used when appropriate.
Any section of text about a previous role should be written in the past tense, but your current role should be in the present tense.

5.Adding apostrophes when you don’t need them
When you place an apostrophe in a word it is to show that something belongs to something or someone. For example, “Whilst in the director’s position I moved the company from third to first in market share.”
Lots of people get this grammar rule wrong and slip an apostrophe in to a plural word, as in they’d put “There are lots of employer’s that I’ve reached out to.” Just don’t do it, as it really shows a lack of knowledge as to how the English language works.

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