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21 words you should trash on your CV
September 4, 2017 Career News

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/PhraseWhy the experts say you shouldn’t include it
UnemployedYour employment dates already show if you’re unemployed – you don’t need to highlight it.
Hard-workingYour 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 OfficeYou should only include skills specific to the job you are applying for – Microsoft Office is (or should be) a given.
ObjectiveIs your career trajectory pretty straightforward and lacking major gaps between jobs? Then you probably don’t need an objective statement.
SynergyCompletely overused jargon. Steer clear.
Reference available after requestThis 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, HerTalking in 1st or 3rd person reads weird – did someone write your resume for you? Just state the facts.
RockstarCompletely overused jargon. Steer clear.
DabbledDon’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 TimeThis is an expectation.
ExpertUnless you are prepared to be peppered with questions regarding your expertise, steer clear of indicating you are an expert in your field.
Unnecessary personal informationDate 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.
HobbiesContent that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications a candidate has for a job can absolutely eliminate a candidate.
GeneralisationsSubstantiate your accomplishments with numbers – you need to provide context for your impact at your previous jobs.
AccomplishedInstead of saying you are accomplished, show it.
Stay-at-home momLike 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-orientedWhile many other words are misused or diluted by overuse – this is the weakest and most abused.



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