Most employers would be put off interviewing a graduate if their application form was littered with poor spelling, according to a report this week.
Firms also believe experience and a positive attitude to work are more important when filling a vacancy than a candidate's class of degree.
Research commissioned by the University of Hertfordshire revealed that three-quarters of employers would consider not interviewing a candidate with poor spelling or grammar, while a third were unimpressed by obvious exaggerations on CVs.
The study of 500 employers found almost half are looking for relevant work experience, a good work ethic and a degree subject relevant to the job.
Only one in four is interested in the class of degree, while even fewer are worried about a university's reputation. Most were looking more for a mature attitude and team players.
Male recruiters are more concerned with grades and reputation than women.