10 CV Buzzwords That Employers Hate

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Everybody hates buzzwords and cliché. At the end of the day, there’s only so much low-hanging fruit that can push the envelope.

Linkedin recently released a list of the most overused words in 2014 resumés. Do yourself a favour and get rid of these culprits off your CV, and use that lovely vocabulary that you’ve got. Failing that, try my favourite book in the history of the universe: a thesaurus.

So what are the worst offenders?

Motivated

Passionate

Creative

Driven

Extensive experience

Responsible

Strategic

Track record

Organisational

Expert

Your experience is unique so don’t make it sound just like everybody else’s. Anglophones are gifted with a myriad of words to choose from to describe just about anything, (except these) so don’t skimp on your CV. But perhaps… don’t get too florid.

The best way to tell a potential employer what you’re good at is to say it simply and directly. If you want to say you’re motivated, tell them that you launched a new programme or approach in your last job. If you want to say you’re organised, you can mention new operational procedures you implemented.

Using words that have become meaningless to you and everybody else won’t do you any favours. Do justice to your CV and cut out the bullshit. Your next employer will thank you for it!

Keep it simple. Keep it direct. Keep it meaningful.

Carrie M. King

Carrie M. King

Carrie M. King is the Editor of the Journal by Jobspotting. Hailing originally from smack-bang in the middle of Ireland, she moved to Berlin in 2014 to join the gang at Jobspotting. Carrie previously worked in journalism and literature. If you want to share thoughts or ideas, get in touch: carrie@jobspotting.com

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