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Stop Using These Words In Your CV....Seriously!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Have you had a tough day and want to rush home to polish up your CV? Well, take note - and stop using these buzzwords to sell yourself. This was one of our top stories in the past year, so we thought we'd bring it out of the vault and help you out!

Are you a creative, motivated and responsible employee with a proven track record?

Well that's great, but the problem is, so is everybody else.

"Creative" is the most overused buzzword in LinkedIn profiles in Australia, the social networking site says, followed by "effective", "motivated" and "extensive experience".

Career expert David Schwarz said using buzzwords not only makes your CV generic, but it can give the impression that you are trying to mislead your prospective employer.

"They create almost a sense of misleading because they gloss over the detail," said Mr Schwarz, a principal consultant at career management firm Board Portfolio.

Mr Schwarz said everything you put in a resume needs to be backed up with proof.

"If you can't put a metric or a statistic next to that statement you shouldn’t have it in your CV," he said.

He added that you should never include aspiration statements in your resume.

"'I want to be, or my goal is, or in the future I want', they're all massive red flags because they all basically say you’re not qualified to do the job you’re doing now," he said.

The top 10 buzzwords that appear most in Aussie profiles:

1. Creative 
2. Effective 
3. Motivated 
4. Extensive experience 
5. Track record 
6. Innovative 
7. Responsible 
8. Analytical 
9. Communication skills 
10. Positive
The most overused buzzwords worldwide:

Australia: Creative 
Brazil: Experimental 
Canada: Creative 
Egypt: Multinational 
France: Responsible 
Germany: Creative 
India: Effective 
Indonesia: Multinational 
Italy: Responsible 
Malaysia: Motivated 
Netherlands: Creative 
New Zealand: Creative 
Saudi Arabia: Motivated 
Singapore: Creative 
South Africa: Motivated 
Spain: Specialised 
Sweden: Creative 
Switzerland: Analytical 
United Arab Emirates: Motivated 
United Kingdom: Motivated 
United States: Creative

Written by Sarah Michael for 30/5/13 -


  • Cannon
    Sunday, June 16, 2013
    Ah, i see. Well that's not too trikcy at all!"
  • Alexavier
    Sunday, June 16, 2013
    Please teach the rest of these internet hooligans how to write and reesacrh!

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