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What are the most overused words on Irish CVs?

Are you motivated, driven, and enthusiastic? Well you're not the only one.


Written by Maire Rowland and posted in employment


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How do you describe yourself to potential employers? In 2015, LinkedIn analyzed their 1.2 million Irish users on their site and found information on the most overused words contained in their CVs.

Here are the most overused words in Irish CVs:

  • Motivated
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passionate
  • Driven
  • Track record
  • Creative
  • Extensive experience
  • Responsible
  • Communication skills
  • Ambitious

Avoid including the above overused words on your CV. Here is a list of the best action verbs that you can use instead, according to employers who responded to a CareerBuilder survey:

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Trained/Mentored
  • Managed
  • Resolved
  • Launched
  • Created
  • Volunteered
  • Influenced
  • Increased/Decreased
  • Won

We all know how frustrating job hunting can be, scouring the web for suitable vacancies, receiving daily rejection emails and shopping for interview worthy attire can be very exhausting, but having an impressive CV is vital. Check out our tips on how to make sure your CV is in tip top shape, and scan through it to see how many of LinkedIn's over used words pop up. 

Watch our top CV tips

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Published Jan­u­ary 21st2015
Last updated July 2nd2018
Tags work cv employment
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