The 10 most commonly misspelled words on CVs have been revealed.

More than 2 000 CVs were analysed by Netherlands-based firm to determine the words that most often caused problems for job-seekers.   

‘Initiative’ was found to be the one people most frequently got wrong and was written incorrectly on almost a third of the applications checked by researchers. 

The most common variations included ‘inchitive’ and ‘intatitve’. 


Another common pitfall was, ironically, the word ‘perfectionist’ which was spelled incorrectly in a quarter of CVs, with common interpretations ranging from ‘perfactionist’ to ‘perfectonist’.  

The study also revealed words such as ‘management’ (fourth place) and ‘professional’ (fifth place) caused issues with their repeated letters, while ‘achieved’ (eighth place) caught people out with its placement of the ‘i’, meaning many wrote ‘acheved’ or ‘acheived’ instead.

Four-syllable words including ‘implemented’ and ‘corresponding’ (joint sixth place) were misspelt across 14 per cent of the CVs analysed.

Words such as ‘accurate’ (ninth place) and ‘succeeded’ (tenth place) also caused problems, seemingly due to the double consonants. also surveyed 1,248 people from around the world to understand common job application mistakes. 

A staggering 41 percent of job-seekers said they have guessed how to spell words on their CV, while nearly a quarter of Britons believe their application was to blame for not landing a job. 

And unsurprisingly, 73 percent of managers revealed that multiple spelling mistakes would make them less likely to hire or even offer an interview to an applicant. 

Menno Olsthoorn, a spokesman for, commented: ‘Quite a few people even misspelled the name of their employer (for example, MacDonald’s instead of McDonald’s). 

‘Curriculum vitae was also misspelled regularly, while “professional” and “accurate” are two words that you really want to spell correctly.’

Here is the list here: 

Word Percentage misspelt in CVs

1. Initiative 14% 

2. Detail-orientated  29%

3. Perfectionist  25%

4. Management  21%

5. Professional  17%

6. Implemented 14%

7. Corresponding  14%

8. Achieved 9%

9. Accurate  7% 

10. Succeeded  5%