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27 Words Candidates Say That Make Recruiters Cringe

30 June 2016

Source: Recruitment Grapevine

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.

Paul McDonald, Senior Executive Director at Robert Half says: “Nearly everyone is guilty of using buzzwords from time to time, but professionals are evaluated increasingly on their ability to communicate,” Business Insider UK reports.

27 meaningless words and phrases, which are useless at informing the hiring manager about the job-seekers skills as collated by Business Insider UK are listed below.

1. ‘Best of breed’ – according to a CareerBuilder survey of over 2,200 hiring managers in 2015, it found “best of breed” was considered the most irritating term on a CV.

2. ‘Phone number is’ – recruiters don’t need pointers to your email and phone  number, they know what it is.

3. ‘Results driven’ – Mary Lorenz, a Corporate Communications Manager at CareerBuilder advises candidates to demonstrate how you drove those results and what they were.

4. ‘Seasoned’ – “Not only does this word conjure up images of curly fries, but it is well-recognised as a code word for ‘much, much older’” says Rita Friedman, Philadelphia-based Career Coach.

5. ‘Highly qualified’ -instead, candidates should detail their skills and qualifications rather than using the loose term.

6. ‘Responsible for‘ – terms like ‘responsible for’, ‘oversight of’ and ‘duties included’ complicate and are indirect about your experience, says Alyssa Gelbard, Founder and President of Résumé Strategists.

7. ‘NYSE’ – Acronyms should be spelt out first, and then parenthesised to avoid confusion.

8. ‘References available by request’ – This phrase is outdated. Gelbard says: “If you progress through the interviewing process, you will be asked for personal and professional references.”

9. ‘Ambitious’ – why would anybody call themselves lazy?

10. ‘Team player’ – a generic term which again, needs demonstrating.

11. ‘Microsoft Word’ – this should be a given, unless you’re an expert.

12. ‘Interfaced‘ – save this one for the robots.

13. ‘Hard-worker’

14. ‘Hard’ – using the word to describe tasks has a negative effect, according to data from ZipRecruiter, which analysed the correlation between certain keywords and resume ratings.

15. ‘Punctual’

16. ‘@’ – unless it’s in an email, text language can indicate unprofessionalism.

17. ‘People person’ – nobody likes clichés.

18. ‘Hit the ground running’ – say what?

19. ‘Me’, ‘myself’ and ‘I’ – Gelbard says: “A person reviewing your résumé knows that you’re talking about your skills, experience, and expertise or something related to the company for which you worked, so you don’t need to include pronouns.”

20. My objective – indicates self-interest, and a “what can I get out of this” attitude.

21. ‘Successfully’

22. ‘Innovative’ – where’s the proof?

23. ‘Extracurricular activities’ – apparently no one cares.

24. ‘Address’ – Career-Advice Expert for TopResume, Amanda Augustine, says mailing addresses shouldn’t be included at all. “Nobody needs to have that on their résumé anymore. And to be quite honest, it’s a security concern. It’s more about identity theft than anything else.”

25. ‘Honest’

26. ‘3.0 GPA’ – (Ucas Points)

27. ‘Learning’ – it gives hiring managers a vibe of inexperience.