CV | resume phrases [This one is overused]


Hi, I’m Hannah from The English Meeting Room
and today I want to look at what I believe is one of the most overused phrases in CV
and resume writing. When I worked as a recruiter I would see this
phrase multiple times every day. Can you guess what it is? It’s; ‘I work well in a team and on my own’. Hands up, who has this phrase on their CV right
now? But what’s wrong with it? Well, let me give you three reasons why you
shouldn’t use this phrase on your CV. Number one: It shows a lack of creativity and originality
with your English skills. As I said, recruiters have seen this phrase
so many times and so many people use it on their CV, so by using this phrase you look
like someone who just copies everybody else. You want to stand out on your CV and look original
so don’t use a phrase that everybody else is using. Number two: It doesn’t demonstrate to the hiring manager
that you really understand your skillset. Emotional intelligence and self-awareness
are really important in today’s job market. Think about it, are you really good working
in a team or are you better working on your own? You’re probably not both, so don’t say that
you are. Number three: Every phrase on your CV should be demonstrable
with evidence and examples. So if you have worked in lots of big teams
you can evidence this, or if you’ve been working on your own a lot, perhaps from home or on
the road then you can give examples of this. Don’t use empty phrases on your CV which are
just your opinion, but make sure that you can back them up with examples. So instead of using ‘I work well in a team
and on my own’ what should you write instead? Well, this phrase is most often employed in
the summary profile section at the top of people’s CVs. And I like to think of this section as follows:
First, tell the employer your unique skills and attributes and be original. Two, back these statements up with evidence
and examples. What have you achieved? What have you done in your past roles? An number three, you want to finish with a
really strong statement that tells the hiring manager what the impact will be of hiring
you. How are you going to make their company more
successful? I hope that you found this video helpful,
as I said the summary profile of your CV is so important, it’s the first thing the recruiter
or hiring manager reads and can be the difference between your CV being thrown away or being
read through thoroughly. If you head to theenglishmeetingroom.com I’ve
written an e-guide that goes into lots more detail about how to write a compelling summary
profile. This e-guide will go into depth, teaching
you how to write a profile that will get your CV read, get you called for interview and
hopefully, get your next job. So do head to theenglishmeetingroom.com now
and I look forward to seeing you in the next video.

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