CVs are very important documents as they are essential in your search for the ideal job. Although they seem like they should be easy to write, they are actually very technical and using the wrong word at the wrong time can sometimes mean the difference between getting an interview and not even being considered for the job. Over time certain words and phrases become overused and meaningless in CVs. Here are three to avoid.

1. Out-of-the-Box Thinker

Saying that you think outside the box, or that you’re an out-of-the-box thinker is a very common thing in CVs these days. However, for a lot of employers, this phrase comes across as just a handy way to beef up a CV without really meaning anything significant. It sounds good, but to make it meaningful you have to add detail. If you’re an actual out-of-the-box thinker, then you need to give examples of what that has meant in previous jobs. Use this phrase as a way of showcasing your talent for finding solutions that no one else would ever think of. Detail makes the difference!

2. Inspirational Leader

Whenever you see someone writing a CV on TV or in a film, it’s a sort of cliché that they exaggerate about their abilities to make themselves sound more impressive to potential employers. The problem with that is that at an interview, it can become pretty apparent that the details in the CV weren’t exactly conveying the whole truth. One of the phrases that people can use to make themselves sound impressive is to say that they are an inspirational leader. Unfortunately, when it comes to a CV, the old saying that self-praise is no praise is very true. If you have been an inspirational leader, make sure you include details of someone who can verify that. Otherwise, avoid the phrase.

3. Innovative

People often describe themselves as innovative when they write their CVs. Again, it’s a handy phrase that people use to describe themselves in CVs, but what does it mean. Many potential employers can look at the word ‘innovative’ in a CV and dismiss it if it’s not put into context. So, if you have been innovative in your previous jobs, provide examples in your CV. Use phrases like “Created…” “Instituted…” and “Developed…” to give examples of your innovations.