Writing the perfect CV is a crucial step in your job hunt, and striking the balance between professionalism and individual flair can be difficult. As recruiters with over forty years experience between us all, we are experts in the do’s and don’ts of CV writing, even when it comes to tackling gaps in employment.
There are heaps of articles online to help you with must-have language in your CV – but what should you avoid? Our top tips on language to avoid on your CV at all costs.
Cut + Paste
There’s nothing us recruiters loathe more in a CV than boring, dry language that the candidate has clearly cut and pasted from the Internet. Though you might not have the sexiest job in the world, we’re looking for passion and enthusiasm to translate through your words. This doesn’t mean whacky adjectives or referring to yourself as a ‘rock star’, but using descriptive, mindful language will demonstrate to a recruiter that you care about the role.
Thinking carefully about what you write is great, but remember to avoid any language that’s overly personal or friendly. As you build a relationship with a recruiter, you may have friendly discussions over the phone, but when it comes to CV’s or any other official writing, it’s best to keep it strictly professional. Slang can confuse the reader and indicate to them that you aren’t a serious candidate.
This is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many basic words can be misspelled on a CV – including 'Curriculum Vitae' – so make sure you spell check your document religiously before you send it anywhere. Spelling mistakes look unprofessional, but they also indicate that if you are careless with one document you’ll be careless in the workplace.
Reliance On Lists
Lists and bullet points can be a great way to highlight key skills, experience or information, but repetitive lists or over-reliance on them will turn a recruiter off. Why? Not only is it just plain boring, but it’s also a cop out. When a recruiter reads a CV they want to get a sense of your interests, successes and passions, which takes more effort to craft. Find compelling ways to relay information in the best way possible, while demonstrating your aptness for communication.
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