Recruiters and hiring managers read through dozens of CV’s a day. So, if you are applying for your dream job you really need to make sure you stand out. One way to do this is to avoid cliché words and phrases at all costs!

You don’t want to come across as unimaginative and boring. OK, great, you’re proactive…but how? You have a limited amount of space to really show the recruiters and hiring manager why you should go through to the next round. Use it wisely and use descriptive words instead of generic words.


Here is our list of words we love to see:

1. Achieved

2. Improved

3. Trained/mentored

4. Managed

5. Created

6. Resolved

7. Volunteered

8. Influenced

9. Increased/decreased

10. Ideas

11. Negotiated

12. Launched

13. Revenue/profits


And here are some of the worst words to use on your CV:

1. Go-getter

2. Think outside of the box

3. Synergy

4. Go-to person

5. Thought leadership

6. Value-added

7. Target-driven

8. Team player

9. Bottom-line

10. Hard worker

11. Strategic thinker

12. Dynamic

13. Self-motivated

14. Detail-oriented

15. Proactively

16. Track record


Which countries are the worst offenders?

Linked In has access to over 190 million users globally and have produced a list of the most overused buzzword in each country.

  • Analytical  - Switzerland
  • Creative -  Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, U.S.
  • Effective - India
  • Experimental -  Brazil
  • Motivated - Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
  • Multinational - Egypt, Indonesia
  • Responsible - France, Italy
  • Specialized - Spain

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