Buzzwords to avoid in your CV

July 26 2019 by Miguel Pone

Buzzwords to avoid in your CV

It is pretty normal to find CVs plagued with overused “buzzwords” that have essentially lost all credibility. If your intention is to “stand out”, then avoid this common, corporate jibber-jabber and focus on reasons why you are the best person for the job.

An effective resumé is short, makes use of simple language and gets to the point quickly. A sort of teaser document to get your foot in the door.

With that said, we have identified some common cringe-worthy expressions we would like to share with you:


Surely, all who applied for the job are motivated? Best to focus on what motivates you and why.

Communication Skills

Probably one of the most overused terms, this means you can speak, excellently, surely there is something better you could focus on?


Your career history should depict this, if it isnʼt, you need to have a re-look at your overall CV as it should be implicit throughout.


A word used far too easily, a characteristic easier to prove over time. Simply put, a well-articulated CV will highlight your passionate nature through the way you have conducted your career.


A high number of people who run businesses are not adept leaders. Simply because workers get promoted on the back of technical ability – and politics rather than on their ability to create positive change and inspire those around them.

In conclusion, keep in mind that once you ‘infected’ your CV with this kind of language, all you have succeeded in doing is eating away at your originality and character.

Remember, originality and keeping to the facts is what recruiters want to see. If they feel your CV is over the top, they will move onto the next CV. Keep it honest and to the point.

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