Are These Words Really On Your CV? Take Them Out

Your CV is actually the only thing that is guaranteed to be considered when you apply for a job. It is what determines whether or not you will get the chance to make an impression in person. Sadly, if a hiring manager does not like your CV you might not even get a call to inform you that you are not being considered for the role. Here are some words you put on your CV that don’t make the best impression.


On your CV, you include your job experiences and the days that those experiences ended. If you’re unemployed, any hiring managers should be able to tell. There is no point in advertising this fact, and it is not particularly flattering.

Hardworking or Hard worker

You don’t want to say you’re a hard worker because I bet you, a dozen other people feel they’re hard workers too. What you want to do is give specific scenarios that display this quality. Was there a time that you had to work overtime to solve a problem? Put that down instead.

Microsoft Office

Saying that you know how to use Microsoft Word is not as impressive of a skill as you might think that it is. I find it difficult to imagine that any current graduates are incapable of using software that is as old as Windows itself.


It’s not a bad thing to be motivated. However, you can’t get away with just saying that you’re motivated. It’s a word that a lot of people are going to use. Instead, say why you’re motivated. Say what exactly you’re motivated to accomplish. And be specific.


Saying you’re an expert on things can backfire. You should definitely lie on your CV. When you do, you set other people’s expectations for you in the role. During the hiring process, you might be asked some very technical questions about your area of expertise. Needless, to say if you fumble that up you will jeopardize your chances of getting the job.

Can’t Or Won’t

Try as much as possible to avoid using negatives on your CV. You don’t want to bring attention to your shortcomings. It is a good thing to know them and to want to work on them, but there’s no need to put those on your CV.


Sure you think that you’re innovative. Who would label themselves as not innovative? Instead of using the word innovative, you want to outline instances of your innovation. What ideas did you have in past roles that yielded results? What ideas failed? Even putting your initiatives that weren’t successful creates a stronger impression than simply using the word innovative.


If you say that you’re results-driven, it means that you see projects through to the end. That is a good thing. However, whatever job it is that you’re applying for, that is also expected. Nobody wants to hire someone who only sees a project through halfway.


I don’t doubt that you’re funny, but do you really want to put this on your CV? Unless you’re applying to a role in some sort of entertainment capacity, funny does not belong on your CV. It does not convey professionalism.


Mentioning your salary expectations or anything of the sort on your CV will come off as distasteful. You want to save the money talk for your interview, preferably when you’re actually asked.

Curriculum Vitae

This one is just redundant. Anyone holding your CV should be able to tell that it’s a CV. Otherwise, you have a bigger problem than using “Curriculum Vitae” on your CV.

I had to go over my CV to slash some of these words out. Don’t be shy if you used any of them. Just take the opportunity to go over it, and make sure that it’s right for the next application.


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