10 Dreadful Clichés You Should Never (Ever) Use In Your CV [Infographic]

By Mark Wilkinson

As recruitment consultants, we have (obviously) seen an awful lot of CVs in our time… and within them, an awful lot of so-called “buzzwords” and clichés.

Why, why, why?

Your CV is an instrument for selling yourself, showing off your individuality and emphasising your USP — why would you sabotage yourself by filling it with predictable and often meaningless words and sentences?

So this week, to give you a helping hand, we’ve created this infographic revealing the 10 worst offenders…

What’s my USP?

It’s all well and good, me going on out your selling yourself with your personal “USP” — but what if you haven’t got one..?

Recruiter Pro Tip.
Everyone has one!
Whether you have one specific “sought-after” skill, a brilliant combination of many, enviable industry knowledge or an experience that most other people could only dream of, everyone has something (or some things) they can use to create a USP.
Click here to find out more.

When you’re looking for a job, you really do have to think like a marketer/salesperson!

Need more advice?

If you’d like some more advice on how to write a smashing CV, check out these great resources:

Or, check out the rest of our Candidate Tips blog, here.

Good luck!

Mark Wilkinson

Mark is one of the founders of Coburg Banks and heads up the permanent recruitment division of the business. Every day he helps companies with their recruitment projects, sourcing the very best individuals for their vacancies. He understands recruitment inside-out.

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