What ‘NOT’ to write in your Job Resume?

Want to impress your interviewer in a job interview? Avoid these words or phrases in your Resume or CV to build a positive image before your interviewer.


Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is one document that is pivotal to you cracking the job interview and securing your dream job. Therefore, it doesn’t come across as a surprise that interview candidates often tend to over exaggerate their skills, abilities or accomplishments on their Resume. So, while ‘selling yourself’ might be the objective of your Resume, it is not the sole or only or the sole goal it serves.

On top of that, you must also keep in mind that recruiters or people taking your interviews, go through several Resumes or CVs in a single day and are capable of scanning through your lies and the hyperboles that you use. Therefore, you must be very careful about what you do and don’t mention your Resume or CV. To help you create the perfect profile for your job interview, we have listed down five things that you must NOT mention in your Resume or CV. Avoiding these things in your Resume will help you build a positive image in the mind of the interviewer and ultimately help you to get the job you truly deserve.


Ask any recruiter, what is the first thing that they find on a Resume and it would surely be ‘Objective’. Most of the time, candidates going for interview have sole objective of getting the job and that doesn’t have to be spelled out on the Resume. Secondly, many candidates often end up giving their career summary under the head of objective, which is again wrong. Therefore, you must avoid using Objective as part of your Resume, until and unless you are very clear about your career and goal want to define and present it before the interviewer.

Team Player

This is another phrase that interview candidates very casually mention on their Resume or CV, without really understanding its meaning or requirement. Almost every job that you apply for would require a certain degree of collaboration and therefore being a team player is an absolute necessity and not a quality that an organization aims for.

Therefore, instead of merely mentioning that you are a team player, do explain how you managed to collaborate with others in your early job or during your college days. You can also explain how your efforts as a team player helped the organization to achieve the targets or reduce costs or benefit the company in general. These are the things that an interviewer would be interested in.

People Person

‘People Person’ is again a cliché that is often frowned upon by recruiters and interviewers. Being a people person is not a quality or a skill that you must aim for; it is a necessity for almost any job that you can think of. Moreover, merely mentioning ‘people person’ on your Resume is not going to convince the interviewer about your ability to connect with others and there is no tangible way to prove it either. To top this all, this phrase is found so commonly in the CVs of youngsters hunting for a job that in most cases recruiters tend to see it as a filler, rather than a skill or quality.

Salary Negotiable

In today’s competitive job market, it is very highly unlikely that any interview candidate would let go of a golden job opportunity merely because their salary is non-negotiable. So, mentioning that your salary is negotiable on such an important document as Resume is merely stating the obvious. Along with this, using the phrase ‘salary negotiable’ also implies that you don’t have any other important things to mention on your Resume are filling the document with obvious facts. So, this is another thing that you must not mention on your Resume.

References Available  upon Request

Another recent trend that has been among interview candidates and their Resume has been to write ‘References Available upon Request’ at the end of the CV. Mentioning this on your Resume is again not necessary because of any organization or an interviewer would need references to cross verify your profile; they would clearly ask you about it.

On top of that, if you have relevant references whom the interviewer can contact, you must give them upfront on the resume, instead of keeping them secret. Writing "references upon request" at the bottom of your résumé is equal to wasting a very important line of your marketing document. So, avoid this as much as possible.

So, there you have it; 5 very simple and obvious but very irritating things that interviewers find irritating on your Resume and you must avoid them on your CV. If you know any other clichéd phrases or words that should be avoided on a Resume or CV, do let us know through your comments below.

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