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CV: What should I do if I discover a mistake?


A mistake in the résumé can easily happen. However, applicants shouldn't bury their heads in the sand - rather act quickly.

A mistake in the résumé can easily happen.

However, applicants shouldn't bury their heads in the sand - rather act quickly.

Regardless of whether the name is misspelled or the language skills are suddenly "fluent" - mistakes in the résumé are annoying.

Anyone who has already sent their application documents and only then discovered a mistake in their résumé will quickly find such a mishap sweat on their foreheads - after all, there could be consequences.

But is a mistake in the résumé really that fatal?

And what can applicants do if they notice a mistake?

Is a mistake in the resume bad?

Whether a mistake in the resume is really that bad for the applicant depends primarily on the type of mistake.

If the faux pas is limited to

typing errors

or incorrect grammar, this is annoying, but bearable.

However, mistakes in the résumé can also

face serious consequences


For example, if the content of the résumé is changed by the mishap.

"If the qualifications, language skills or professional experience were relevant for the position (according to the job advertisement) and hiring, the employer can terminate you

 without notice

even years later due to fraudulent deception

", inform the experts from


Also read:

CV: HR professionals only skim 7 pieces of information - they are crucial.


A mistake in the résumé can happen quickly - and annoying for applicants.

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Errors discovered in the résumé - applicants have to take action

To prevent serious consequences from mistakes in the résumé, applicants should just not brush their mishap under the rug.

Now you need to act quickly: As soon as you have discovered the mistake in your application,

apologize in writing and admit the mistake


Also include a brief explanation of how it came about.

Then put the facts right and

correct your information in the résumé


If you play with open cards and confidently admit your mistakes, you can leave a positive impression on the company.

After all, honest, authentic employees are always in demand!

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This is how applicants avoid mistakes in their résumé

So that embarrassing mistakes in the résumé don't stand a chance, applicants should write their résumé particularly carefully.

But even the most experienced writers can make mistakes.

The following tips will help you to submit an error-free application:

  • Activate the

    spelling program


  • Sleep one night over the application.

    Small mistakes and bad formulations are often only noticed when the brain is awake.

  • Print out the résumé

    and proofread it.

    Experience has shown that errors slip through on the screen much more frequently.

  • Have at least one other person proofread the application - four eyes see more than two!

Are you worried your resume is too boring?

With these formulations it becomes immediately exciting for HR managers.


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Source: merkur

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