Phrases to avoid

The Telegraph has published ten phrases that annoy employers most in CVs.

They are:

  • “I’m a hard worker”
  • “I work well under pressure”
  • “I can work independently”
  • “I’m a team player”
  • “I am a problem solver”
  • “Good communicator”
  • “I’m proactive”
  • I am a good listener”
  • “I’m enthusiastic”
  • “Excellent written communication skills”

So if you ever need to write a CV in English, remember to avoid these phrases!

10 phrases to avoid

10 phrases to avoid

If you’re looking for a new job and need to write a CV (a curriculum vitae) in English, make sure that you don’t use the following phrases:

  • “I’m a hard worker”
  • “I work well under pressure”
  • “I can work independently”
  • “I’m a team player”
  • “I am a problem solver”
  • “Good communicator”
  • “I’m proactive”
  • I am a good listener”
  • “I’m enthusiastic”
  • “Excellent written communication skills”

Why? According to The Telegraph, a new study has shown that employers get annoyed when seeing the same phrases again and again.

And, according to the article, employers don’t like to see emojis, inspirational quotations or unprofessional email addresses in job applications.

 

Applying for a job

Looking for a new job?

The Americans call it ‘résumé’. The Brits call it ‘CV’ (this is an abbreviation for ‘curriculum vitae’). In German, it’s ‘Lebenslauf’.

If you’re looking for a new job, you want your résumé/CV to stand out, don’t you? So which words should you avoid? And more importantly, which words should you be using? You’ll find the 17 worst and the 15 best phrases on the careerbuilder.com website.

 

A creative résumé

A creative résumé

Writing a CV

In Britain people apply for jobs with a ‘curriculum vitae’ or ‘CV’. In America people apply with a ‘resume’ or ‘résumé’. A CV is usually several pages long, while a resume is usually only one page long. You can read about the difference here.

Web product manager, Philippe Dubost, received over 100 job offers after creating an online résumé that looked exactly like an Amazon product page. It’s really not a bad idea to be creative and to differentiate yourself from others if you are looking for a job, is it?

Have you ever written or produced a creative CV/résumé?

Looking for a job?

Looking for a job?

Creativity

Okay, varnishing your nails like this might not be a good idea when you’ve been invited to a job interview (but perhaps it depends on the job you’re looking for!). And not every Personnel Manager is impressed by a creative CV/résumé. However, Robby Leonardi, a New York-based designer, seems to have been successful with his Super Mario-inspired CV.

Now that’s creativity at its best. I’m not surprised that he found a job. Are you?