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Phrases you should and shouldn’t use on your CV

How to avoid those clichés and stand out from the pile

Written by Liv Grady

February 16, 2021

How to create a CV

Whether you have lost your job due to covid, you a looking for a new career or you are on the hunt for your first ever role, we’ve got some tips for you. Building a CV can seem like a mammoth task, but really it is a simple way to show to employers the amazing things that you have to offer.

It is important to tailor a CV for the industry you want to work in. Eg. If you want a creative role, make sure you CV shows a level of imagination, without being gimicky. You can use free tools such as Canva which have templates available. If you are going for a job in a corporate company in finance or law, it’s important to ensure that you are following the required format. You can easily google examples to match your criteria.

Although CVs differ from job to job, there is a few things that make for a good CV across all industries and that is making yourself stand out through your use of language. Recruiters have to sift through hundreds and hundreds of applications before they find the right one, and odds are the majority of them are all using the same cliches. So read our easy guide for phrases you should and shouldn’t use on your CV.

Girl writing out cv

CV clichés and what to replace them With…

Your CV needs to be about YOU and YOUR skills. If you could copy and paste a section and put it on to someone else’s CV, it isn’t personal enough.

Do not just state cliches, back up your claims with your personal experience. Explain to the employer WHY you think you are a team player or WHY you are a highly motivated person. Anyone can state a claim, but not everyone can prove it.

Avoid: I am driven by results

Instead say: “I implemented a strategy that improved company results by X amount”

Avoid: I am A good communicator

Instead say: “I communicate with my team well, for example I lead weekly meetings where I cover X”

Avoid: I am enthusiastic

Instead say: “I show enthusiasm for my work by X”

Avoid: I am A team player

Instead say: “I am good at working in part of a team because…”

Wanna know our top tips on creating a good CV? We got you. Take a look at our favourite ways to Pimp your CV.

Once you have landed the interview, it’s time to start prepping. We asked the Missguided Talent Team to give us their top tips on how to nail a video interview. From your surroundings, to your outfit, make sure you are prepared.

What to wear for a job interview

You nailed the CV and now it’s time for the interview. Whether you have a video interview or a face to face meeting, the outfit is EVERYTHING. What you wear can determine your confidence and how you hold yourself in an interview. If you look good, you’ll feel good too. Take a look at our top picks below, or read our full article on Interview-approved outfits to help you feel empowered.

Interview outfits