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5 Phrases to Avoid on Your CV

5 Phrases to Avoid on Your CV

Reading between the lines and the CV Cliches 

Your CV is your first chance to impress a potential employer and by using cliches, overused blank statements or phrases that add no real depth to your experiences, you're just making recruiters switch off. 
You don't want an employer to miss the core details that make you the ideal candidate for their position so avoid hiding this information under irrelevant buzz words.

These are the 5 phrases you should be avoiding in any CV.


"I am a perfectionist"

"I am a perfectionist"

This has to be one of the most common phrases used in a CV, becoming an overused cliche that isn't adding anything to your experiences and skills.

Really consider the meaning of a true perfectionist; a person who strives for flawlessness. Someone who is a perfectionist is usually self-critical or concerned with others opinions as they seek the highest performance. 

That definition isn't a blanket statement that should be used on every CV, recruiters are tired of seeing it and they just assume now that it isn't the truth. 


"I am a motivated and driven individual"

"I am a motivated and driven individual"

Whilst being motivated and driven isn't a bad thing, this sentence ends without giving any real context. You need to be continuing by displaying your motivation and driven in the sector you're applying for.

For example, show your drive through examples of when you have developed in your career or performance against targets or goals.

Highlight strengths with quantifiable examples instead of just meaningless statement.


"I am a team player"

"I am a team player"

Being a team player is a fundamental skill in any position but there are better ways to establish your aptitude to work with others than just stating you're a team player. 

Instead describe occasions in work, education or during extra curriculum activities where you have demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of people and achieve common goals.

Having specific and detailed examples will work much better to tick off this strength rather than phrases that make your CV seem a copy and paste version of every other applicant's resume. 

"I have extensive experience with ..."

"I have extensive experience with ..."

The problem with this statement is the vague natural of the word extensive. You might consider 2 years of experience extensive whilst another person might assume 10 years. 

Avoid the confusion and be specific instead. Actual numbers, facts and figure do make your CV look more credible and will appeal further to a recruiter. So if you have been an administrator for 5 years don't sell yourself short and put this fact into your CV.


"I have a strong work-ethic" or "I am a hard worker"

"I have a strong work-ethic" or "I am a hard worker"

Don't get me wrong every recruiter is searching for a hard working applicants but when viewing CV's everyone seems to be saying the same thing.

Stand out from the competition by avoiding this overused and meaningless statements. An employer or recruiter is more interested in actions that prove this competence rather than buzzwords just being sprinkled throughout your CV.

Showcase your hard working nature by emphasising projects you have been part of or any extra responsibilities you have completed within previous roles.

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