10 words not to include in your CV

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Last week I gave you the top 10 words to include in your CV based on a recent survey carried out by CareerBuilder – if you missed the article, you can read it here.


One sure way to have your CV land on the ‘no’ pile is to include meaningless words that recruiters and hiring managers hate to see; the top 10, based on the survey by CareerBuilder, are:

  1. Best of breed
  2. Go-getter
  3. Think outside of the box
  4. Synergy
  5. Go-to person:
  6. Thought leadership
  7. Value add
  8. Results-driven
  9. Team player
  10. Bottom-line

The key to creating a CV that gets read and increases your chance of an interview is to focus on your skills, results, and accomplishments that are most related to the job for which you’re applying.

Go and check your CV now to see how many of these words appear in it – not happy with what you see?

Then contact me to find out how I can help you create a CV that will get read and increase your chance of being invited for an interview.

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Anne Galloway is the Careers Consultant for those who want to put the fun and passion back into their working week. Find out how Anne can help you along your path to career success at www.power-to-change.eu


I am a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, Employment Interview Consultant, and Career Coach and it is my aim to help ambitious and motivated people like you become fully empowered to get the job you want.