Jobseekers are hitting their chances of finding work by not spending enough time on their CV, according to a new study.
Research by the National Careers Service found that the most common mistake was sending a general CV to employers, rather than tailoring it to a specific job, although other issues included spelling mistakes.
Most careers advisers believe people should spend an hour a week working on their CV, but fewer than a third of jobseekers agree.
Joe Billington, director of the National Careers Service, said: "Öur advisers report a real careers void when it comes to writing CVs. People know they are making mistakes, but they are not spending enough time on making sure their CV is fit for purpose."
The report was based on polls of almost 200 careers advisers and over 2,000 jobseekers.