Thursday 27 October 2016

Looking for a job? Here's the 10 phrases that enrage employers the most

Surprisingly, employers don't appreciate emojis, 'inspirational' quotes or novelty email addresses

Hiring activity in the Irish market increased steadily throughout 2014
Hiring activity in the Irish market increased steadily throughout 2014

You're looking for a new job? Better dust off that CV and have a good read of it as a new study has revealed the ten phrases that annoy employers the most - including very commonly used sentences that many of us have probably used before.

Research released today indicates recruiters are tired of reading cliches on job applications and the overused phrases can put them off hiring someone.

Tedious expressions which infuriate them include "I can work independently", "I'm a team player' and 'I'm a hard worker".

The new study found employers also get annoyed by sloppy errors on resumes.

Over half (59 per cent) of employers are caused stress by grammatical and typing mistakes.

Meanwhile, using a casual tone such as signing off an email with 'cheers' is likely to enrage half (50 per cent) of recruiters.

Phrases that infuriate interviewers

*"I'm a hard worker"

*"I work well under pressure"

* "I can work independently"

* "I'm a team player"

* "I am a problem solver"

* "Good communicator"

* "I'm proactive"

* I am a good listener"

* "I'm enthusiastic"

* "Excellent written communication skills"


Only 1/5th of employers have the patience to finish reading a CV

* Grammatical and typing errors cause business owners the most stress

* Four in ten hate the use of emojis and cringeworthy quotes

 * Using a casual tone and signing off 'cheers' enrages half of employers

 If you are thinking about using an emoji on your CV, don't - four in ten employers (42 per cent) hate them.


The research also shows recruiters get angry by those with an 'unprofessional' email address - so if yours has a joke in it or a weird nickname, consider setting up a new one.

A surprising number of jobseekers are prepared to lie and be deceitful when it comes to typing their CV.

The study of 2,000 adults found one in 12 (8 per cent) have added years on to the amount of time they've worked at previous companies.

Meanwhile, one in 20 (5 per cent) have bent the truth about their old position and 5 per cent have also lied about their references.

Interestingly, almost twice as many women (11 per cent) lie about their hobbies and interests compared to men (6 per cent).

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