“It’s Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time” – RUN DMC was right. Choosing word that best describe your skill and highlights your strength for your CV or resume may be tricky. Your recruiter will not have all day to review closely and have only seconds to grasp the important bit.

Appear vital on your job recital, avoid using these words on your CV or resume.


It gives no insight to your work ethics, if you wish to emphasize on this aspect. Try something like “Motivated to expand to new challenge in Digital Marketing”.

Or innovative. They are overused and opinionated towards your judgment only. Writing “Worked along creative people” leave a modest impression.

It doesn’t say much unless supported evidences are presented. It will back-stab you if you have spelling or grammar mistakes on your CV.

Think outside the box
Not if you use this phrase, you don’t. Think before you use such expression as that’s what you wish to show not tell – else it will be ironic.

Strategic thinker
It doesn’t give idea to employer on what you will bring to the company. Better to write “Implemented a retention campaign to achieve 35% comeback rate in 30 days”.

Team player
Every employer will look for this quality, but rather than saying this try to use words like “cooperate”, “collaborated” or “mentored” to convey the same quality.

Everyone that want to keep the job will do this, it’s expected by employer. Writing this is meaningless and is not a strength.

Company expects employee to achieve the goal and deliver good result. Show evidence that how you have successfully achieved good result.

And some more words to eliminate:

  • Honest
  • Proactive
  • Ambitious
  • Hard-worker
  • Dynamic

Now you can come original and not be boring. Check out our other article about the difference between CV and Resume. Preparing for your career movement takes one step at a time. Make your first move by finding the suitable job here.

AUTHOR: Rizky Anggara
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