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6 Words to Drop from your CV

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Gingerdave, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Gingerdave

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    Was browsing over at life hacker and came across a link to this article. Goes through some phrases such as:
    * Responsible for
    * Experienced
    * Excellent written communication skills
    * Team player
    * Detail oriented
    * Successful

    Now I have used at least 2 of those in my CV. *sigh* looks like I will have to change it. again.

    There are some other links on the site with other tips so hopefully it will help some of you.
     
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  2. tbone152

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    Interesting read. Cheers Dave.:D

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  3. UKDarkstar
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    Interesting read though I don't necessarily agree with it.

    Also, have to remember it's a US site aimed at resumes whereas I would say a CV presented in the UK will have a UK slant on things.

    I also think it depends at what level (i.e. managerial or not) you are applying.

    I won't be changing my CV :p
     
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  4. Evilwheato

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    I think it's just to make CV's more specific about the range of skills/experience you have- interesting read though :)
     
  5. mattstevenson

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    Surely you need to have some buzzwords on there? I mean, the whole process of doing business these days consists of meetings using *nothing but* buzzwords. It's the way of the world. Streamlining, profitability, customer care etc.

    ...*Draws graph of a line going diagonally upwards that represents nothing, on a flipchart*

    Thankfully, I haven't used any of those on my CV, though I did say that I had 'excellent soft skills' based on my experience of dealing with customers across all sorts of media and in various circumstances. Eh. I did qualify it though.
     
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  6. Johnd76

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    Just a quick question about CVs..

    I have the MCDST logo on my CV, is it better to have it on there or does it not really matter?
     
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  7. Gingerdave

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    The MS Guidelines are bottom left or bottom right. if you log on to the MCP website there is a PDF of this stuff.
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    I thought words like lawsuit (eg I won a lawsuit against my previous employers) would also ring bells :lol:

    -Ken
     
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  9. Johnd76

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    I know about the guidelines, but does it matter if they are on your CV or not, do it make any difference to an employer?
     
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  10. danlewis88

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    Also "I was dismissed from my previous job for sexually harassing the receptionist."
     
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    .... and the HR girls..... and that chick in account with the massive knockers.

    Funny. Thats what got me this job... :twisted:
     
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  12. michael78

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    I was told off an agency years ago to remove my logo's off my CV. They basically said employers can see what your qualifications are by reading your CV so you don't need them on there. I thought it looked good but took their advice.
     
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    Has anybody ever considered that the endgame for all of this 'CV hacking' s*** that has been going on for the past couple of years is a CV that looks something like this:

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    I'm sick to death of these poxy lazy b*****d recruiters. Skilless, clueless, talentless scum who are so bone idle they not only can't be bothered to try and accurately match people to a job spec, they now don't want to have to bother trawling through their databases to do a skills match.
     
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  14. tripwire45
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    Interesting list, because I've seen every one of those items in job adverts. Buzzwords work both ways, apparently.
     
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  15. Mof

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    That would be A noval approach to A CV,and funny enough if that come across my desk I would be tempted to call you in.:biggrin
     
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  16. BosonMichael
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    Must be new guidelines, then, because there used to be no major restrictions on the placement of the logo with respect to where it's placed on the paper. Mine are in the upper right, and I ain't changing them.
     
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    Reps for the Iron Maiden reference 8)
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    Know what I've used? Just about EVERY one of them, with minor variations in the wording. I currently use four:

    "Provided on-site and remote hardware, software and network support and training" - basically, the same as "responsible for...". If I gave specifics on every little bit I have done/can do, my resume would take a ream of paper. :rolleyes:
    "Experienced with software and hardware installation and troubleshooting" - again, if I gave details...
    "Writes and trains others at an easily understood level"
    "Thinks analytically; possesses excellent troubleshooting skills and attention to detail"

    Know what? I usually get a call back for an interview... only had TWO potential employers not give me a call back in the past 10 years.

    I agree, in general, about using quantitative terms, where applicable. But I don't agree with his assertion that you're going to stay unemployed if you ever use generalities. If an employer wants more details, they'll ask for them in the interview... which I gladly provide.

    So... in my opinion, that article is poo. Don't rush out and change your CV just because this dude recommends it.
     
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