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27 words candidates say that make recruiters cringe

A CV littered with buzzwords and vague terms usually end up in the bin when recruiters have to sift through an abundance of applications.

Jargon terms with their weak connotations to skills such as “results-driven” and “ambitious” are just some of the irrelevant phrases used that weakly portray a candidate’s capability.  

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Comments (6)

  • Mike Grossbard Futur
    Mike Grossbard Futur
    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 2:46pm GMT
    Disagree massively on leaving the mailing address off a CV/Resume, if I don't know where you live how do I know whether the commute is too onerous or whether you would need to relocate for a role. Most importantly all our databases require an address for the following reasons 1. You are not confused with another candidate with a similar skill set 2. We are able to run candidate searches by proximity to the client and can't without your address or at least postal code. 3. We can't even set you up on the database without the required information. 4. We should not have to ring every applicant to find out where they live it's important to clients and us, it adds wasted time to a day and is a cost to us. 5. Your identity is safer than it would be on the junk mail that comes through your letterbox everyday correctly addressed due to compliance with Data protection laws.
  • Paul Harper
    Paul Harper
    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 1:38pm GMT
    We always want an address. Unless you are a recruiter operating in a small geographical area, how can you Screen a cv if you don't know where they live? It should never be assumed that candidates read adverts and only apply for jobs in their vicinity.
  • Lindsay
    Lindsay@ Rich
    Thu, 14 Jul 2016 6:59pm BST
    From my perspective, I don't mind an objective stating what you're interested in and looking for, IF it matches what my company is offering. Too often, a candidate's objective will be completely off base from the job they are applying for, and it makes me doubt if they're serious about the role or not.

    Plus, they tend to be very, very generic. In the battle to squeeze your experience on 1-2 pages, every line that doesn't add tremendous value counts.

    Unless something needs explaining (ie. a gap between jobs, a career change), I like to advise people to just sweep objectives right off their resumes.
  • Rich
    Tue, 5 Jul 2016 6:30pm BST
    Re: "20. My objective – indicates self-interest, and a “what can I get out of this” attitude."

    How dare a job applicant say what they want out of a job! It's the employer who gets to say what they want, want, want. Every job posting and every interview is about what the employer wants, with a small amount about what they are offering - money and benefits, and often even this information is withheld for a while. The applicant is there to fulfill the employer's wishes, not to ask for anything in return. The nerve!
  • Nathan
    Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:43am BST
    I certainly agree with most of the above and would add the phrase, "I work well on my own or as part of a team" which appears on many C.V.s and doesn't mean anything more than, "I work well". I disagree with the "objective" point, although it could be called "Career Goal(s)" or "Aspiration(s)". An employer will want to know if a person wants the same from their career as the employer has to offer, while this will usually be discussed at interview, it is useful to know in advance.

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