Global recruitment company Glassdoor has published a list of 21 words and phrases you should never include on your CV if you hope to land a job.
According to Jamie Hichens, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Glassdoor it’s vitally important to make a good impression with the language used in your CV as despite automated screening processes, the majority of companies still largely rely on recruiters to read through submitted CVs.
“You have a limited amount of time to catch a recruiter or hiring manager’s eye – use it wisely,” said Hichens.
As a result filling precious resume space with verbose language or overused buzzwords can easily backfire.
Here are the words you should avoid – and why the experts say you should chuck them.
|Word/Phrase||Why the experts say you shouldn’t include it|
|Unemployed||Your employment dates already show if you’re unemployed – you don’t need to highlight it.|
|Hard-working||Your employer already hopes that you’re hardworking and self-motivated – you don’t need to point it out.|
|“Ambicious”||Misspelled words should never appear on your resume. Print it, take a pen to it and have someone else read it.|
|Microsoft Office||You should only include skills specific to the job you are applying for – Microsoft Office is (or should be) a given.|
|Objective||Is your career trajectory pretty straightforward and lacking major gaps between jobs? Then you probably don’t need an objective statement.|
|Synergy||Completely overused jargon. Steer clear.|
|Reference available after request||This is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly.|
|She, He, Him, Her||Talking in 1st or 3rd person reads weird – did someone write your resume for you? Just state the facts.|
|Rockstar||Completely overused jargon. Steer clear.|
|Dabbled||Don’t indicate proficiency in an area which you are not truly familiar with. If you know how to do something say so, otherwise leave it out.|
|On Time||This is an expectation.|
|Expert||Unless you are prepared to be peppered with questions regarding your expertise, steer clear of indicating you are an expert in your field.|
|Unnecessary personal information||Date of birth, family status, personal interests etc. should be avoided on a resume.|
|“I know HTML, Photoshop…”||Skills are the most common resume lies. Although you may think that having every skill listed in the job description will get you the internship, that’s not always true.|
|Hobbies||Content that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications a candidate has for a job can absolutely eliminate a candidate.|
|Generalisations||Substantiate your accomplishments with numbers – you need to provide context for your impact at your previous jobs.|
|Accomplished||Instead of saying you are accomplished, show it.|
|Stay-at-home mom||Like personal information, do not feel obligated to explain gaps in your resume.|
|Responsible for…||Strengthen your resume through muscular verbiage and results instead of listing off responsibilities.|
|Results-oriented||While many other words are misused or diluted by overuse – this is the weakest and most abused.|