Standing out from the crowd when you shoot your CV at future employers can be a difficult task.
Adzuna for This is Money's 1.1milion CV exclusive analysis shows that there are a handful of words used with alarming frequency, including one that is found in more than a quarter of the curricula.
That word is "motivated." This tops the list, which appears in 278,000, or 26 percent, of CVs analyzed by the job search engine.
CV fashion words: According to Adzuna's 1.1m CV analysis, motivated is the most used word in excess
It is the most used buzzword by potential employers and may lead them to overlook it.
Adzuna reviewed the CVs on his platform to bring to light the most common job search clichés in Britain.
It reveals the CV number in which they appear and the number of times the words or phrases have been used in total.
Behind the motivation, is the "initiative", which is presented in 24 percent of the CV. & # 39; Social & # 39; it also appears in almost a fifth of all the CVs analyzed.
The word, which could refer to social media skills, socialization or other social skills, commonly appears more than once in CV. The term is used 372,265 times in total, more than any other word.
Less used words include & assertive & # 39 ;, which is found in only 8,171 resumes followed by & # 39; good sense of humor & # 39; and & # 39; fun & # 39; in 19,000 and 23,000 respectively.
Here is the complete list:
|Finished||Number of CVs that contain the term at least once||% of CVs that contain the term at least once||Total terms count|
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: "Job hunters have a good balance to attack when it comes to creating a great resume.
"While many employers now search for keywords in applications to help refine applicants' lists, it is important to choose their skill set and attributes intelligently.
"Moving away from recycled buzzwords as motivation and initiative could be the factor that distinguishes your CV from someone else."
He adds: When choosing words to describe yourself and your skill set, consider the kind of skills that are really relevant to the exact job and industry you are applying for.
"In this way, the key things your employer is looking for will be covered and you will have avoided many of the repetitive words that can be diverted to a potential employer."
Your five tips for creating a great CV:
1. Customize your CV for each function you request
It may seem like a lot of time consuming, but ensuring that your CV adapts to each company and each function you request is important as potential employers must be sure that they have not sent the same CV to another 100 companies.
To do this, you must show that it is a good combination for a company and a role.
Study the job advertisement or specification, and adapt your own experience to the application.
If you do not necessarily have the experience, focus on transferable skills to provide evidence that you have the qualities you are looking for.
2. Be ruthless: forget about irrelevant information
Potential employers usually have a limited amount of time to read curricula, therefore, do not include any experience that is not relevant.
For example, if a position you occupied five years ago was completely irrelevant to the position you are applying for today, do not lose valuable space when discussing responsibilities and duties you had that do nothing to improve your application (but leave the dates there so you do not have unexplained absences).
3. Include hobbies and interests that suit the role you are requesting
& # 39; Social & # 39; is one of the most used words in CV according to our data.
Clearly there is a growing responsibility to demonstrate that your social life and personality fit well with the role and culture of the company.
For example, if you are applying for a position as a salesperson, you can include hobbies that demonstrate your competitive and extroverted nature.
This is the time to mention a team sport where you stand out, or your active participation in the university's debate team, instead of using a valuable space to tell you that you enjoy reading.
4. Include a profile summary
These are some sentences or bullets (up to 200 words), just at the top of the first page, which illustrate the unique selling points that make it a perfect match for the role.
Making sure to update this for each function check the box & # 39; customized CV & # 39 ;.
Clearly define the type of role you are requesting and why, try to briefly include the three most relevant skills in this section and expand more on the CV.
5. Test, try and try again (then ask a friend)
Errors, spelling and typographical errors are a massive blackout for employers and provide an easy excuse to reject their application (and speed up their pre-selection process).
Print your CV and test your work slowly and meticulously. Then, once you have done that, ask a friend or family member to try it.