A well-written CV can be your ticket to a job interview – and if you really put the time into making it the best it can be, this is exactly what it could lead to. If it’s littered with buzzwords and meaningless CV terms won’t do anything to grab your employer’s attention. Here are some phrases you could think about changing.
1. Curriculum vitae
Many people are guilty of adding the title at the very top – but with your details, experience and skills all listed in one document, it’s fair to say that your potential employers will know which type of document this is so it doesn’t need spelling out with a title.
2. I enjoy socialising with my friends
Many CVs still feature a prominent ‘hobbies’ section – but there is no use in including your love of the theatre or watersports if they have no relevance to the job you are applying for. It is common for people to do extraordinary things during their leisure time. Unless you have been working on a project outside of work that could genuinely reflect well on your ability to do the job in question, leave it off.
3. I am extremely motivated
Employers assume that you are motivated by applying for the job in the first place. Avoid simply stating qualities you have and instead, tell your future employer WHY you are motivated – give examples of the time you went the extra mile in your work, for example. Maybe you took on more responsibility or offered help on another project.
4. I am a team player and thrive off working independently
Again, this is quite a generic statement – so try to avoid ‘template’ phrases like this and focus on supplying scenarios that exemplify it – no stock phrases or buzzwords required.
5. Strong communication skills
Your communication skills should be coming across in the way you are selling yourself on your CV and the way you write about your skills and experience. There’s no need to make the statement ‘I have strong communication skills’ – let your CV demonstrate this.
6. References available upon request
This sentence occupies limited space on your CV – employers will no doubt assume that you have satisfactory references and ask for them if needed. The space you will save can be used to give more example as of why you’re the person for the job.
7. I am eager to gain experience
Saying ‘I am eager to gain experience’ is hinting that you don’t already have the experience the employer is looking for. If there are elements of the person specification that you are struggling to meet, focus on skills you do have that are transferable to the role you’re applying for. This way your profile is still relevant to the role, even if there are areas you need more experience in.
‘Dynamic’ has become a popular term to use to show that you are a multi-faceted individual and have many sides. However, remember that it is all about showing rather than telling. You could justify calling yourself a dynamic individual if you then go on to state how you have graphic design skills in addition to your five years’ experience in Marketing, for example.
9. Thought leader
Included in our business jargon guide, a trendy thing to say these days is that you are a ‘thought leader’ in your field. You should be very careful before using this and reflect whether you are truly qualified to claim to be someone who influences the industry.
Every candidate who is applying for the role would be working towards achieving something if they got the role so this statement doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd.
Last updated on 26 January 2022Share this article