CV Clichés and Why They Should Be Avoided
Are you motivated, a team player and hard working? Are you able to work on your own initiative? Of course you are and so are most of the people applying for the same job as you. If you really want to make an impact with a prospective employer you need to think about avoiding cv clichés and show some originality in your approach.
Common clichés to avoid include:
- Results oriented – this will be expected of you no matter what job you do.
- Strong work ethic – again, you are there to work. It’s expected.
- Excellent communication skills – this needs to be proved elsewhere on your CV. What did you communicate? Who did you communicate with?
But Why Should I Avoid CV Clichés?
Imagine reading the same page in a book (and not a very good book) over and over again. You would start to get bored, perhaps nod off and vow never to read that page again. The same scenario can be applied to a prospective employer who is looking over a mountain of CVs. When these clichés are used time and time again without any substance it can be hard to work out which candidates stand out. Don’t bore the reader of your CV, your aim is to make them sit up, pay attention and read on.
Drawing Attention to Your CV for the Right Reasons
The main purpose of your CV is to draw attention to your skills and to reinforce your employability. But if you cannot get your CV noticed you will not be invited to interview. It really is that simple.
Avoid Vague or Damaging Clichés
You should also avoid ambiguity when writing your CV. Using words such as ‘approximately’ suggests that you didn’t pay attention to how much or how many of something you achieved. Use ‘more than’ or ‘over’ to accentuate what you did and to make your achievement sound more impressive.
‘Assisted’ is another term you should be careful with. Employers want to know what you worked on that required your leadership or initiative. Use ‘cooperated with’ and go on to detail the position of responsibility that you held, who you worked with and the results that you achieved together.
Never ever say that you ‘attempted’ to do something because this suggests that you failed. An employer will not want to know about failures no matter how hard you tried to succeed. Make all achievements sound powerful and complete!
Putting It All Together
So, before you start to write or update your CV, think about wording, descriptive words and how impressive your CV looks to somebody who doesn’t know you. Grab a thesaurus, get some input from a third party and make your CV as unique and intriguing as you can whilst sticking to the facts.
Speak to NRL today about your next or first move into the world of employment. We can offer you the benefit of our experience and help you to stand out from the crowd.