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A monster guide

Acting as your personal advertisement, the presentation and structure of your CV is crucial

Unfortunately too many people follow the tradition of using stock phrases and keywords

Due to this overuse, many recruiters have become immune to certain phrases

Not making your CV stand out from the crowd can seriously damage your job search chances

Here are the most common phrases and suggested alternatives

'Team player'

As it's unlikely that anyone would claim the opposite, statements like this become meaningless

The most effective way to get your future employer's attention is to demonstrate your experience by giving a real life example

For instance, have you worked within a team to achieve a specific goal?

What was your role?

'Project management skills'

This is just a fancy way of saying that you're organised

Employers want to know what you've done in your current job that demonstrates your abilities

Have you organised and events or managed a budget? If so, tell them.

'results orientated'

And so you should be!

After all, employers are running businesses.

And they want a return on their investment in you

Convey and quantify your accomplishments and your potential to solve your future employer's problems

Did you increase sales?

If so, by how much?

Did you save money for your organisation?

Did you achieve your targets in the face of difficult circumstances?

'People management skills'

Does that mean that you were a manager or simply that you got on well with your customers and colleagues?

Management implies that you held a position of responsibility over other staff and it can confuse employers if you didn't have any direct reports

'Responsible for'

Everybody is responsible for something in their job

And just because you were responsible for something doesn't necessarily make you a responsible person

Did you train staff or introduce a new initiative?

Did you rescue a failing project and turn it around?

By using examples of past experience, you will put yourself in a strong position and stand out from your peers

So, bin the jargon and cliches, and get personal.

This guide was brought to you by monster.

For more advice, jobs and career tools visit monster.co.uk

Introduction

What does 'team player? mean? When should I use this expression?  This video from Monster.co.uk gives us a good introduction to some of the most common phrases used in the world of Human Resources....and tells us to stop using them!

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