1. ITV Report

Poor CV writing hitting job chances in the East

Jobseekers in East Anglia are hitting their chances of finding work by not spending enough time on their CV.

Research by the National Careers Service found that the most common mistake people made across the country was sending generic CVs to employers, with two-thirds of careers advisers saying that this mistake was the one most likely to stop a candidate being put forward for an interview.

Almost one in five people in East Anglia admitted to not having tailored their CVs to jobs in the past,

Other common CV mistakes mentioned by careers advisers were a failure to highlight the candidate's strengths length of the CV and spelling mistakes .

However, more than a third of the people surveyed in East Anglia were not aware of having made any mistakes on their CVs.

And while almost 60% of careers advisers suggest people spend an hour a week working on their CVs, only 25% of people questioned in East Anglia actually do.

To help combat the problem, the National Careers Service has launched a new dedicated hour of CV support on Twitter and Facebook - dubbed #cvoclock - from 1pm to 2pm every Monday, the most common time of the week for people to work on their CVs, according to the research.

Joe Billington, Director of the National Careers Service, said:

"Our advisers report a real careers void when it comes to writing CVs. People know that they are making mistakes, but not spending enough time on making sure their CV is fit for purpose.

"A CV is an applicant's shop window and it's vital that people spend at least an hour a week keeping their CV up-to-date and tailoring it for each application. With the right advice and support anyone can turn their CV from a careers void into a careers victory".

– Joe Billington, National Careers Service

To take part in #cvoclock, simply post your question on Twitter on Monday between 1pm and 2pm using the hashtag #cvoclock, or follow the National Careers Service on Facebook