Is your CV working against you?

LinkedIn released the most overused words and phrases in members' LinkedIn profiles for 2012.
LinkedIn released the most overused words and phrases in members' LinkedIn profiles for 2012. THINKSTOCK

ARE you a creative, motivated, innovative individual with a proven track record and problem-solving skills?

If you answered yes, great, but so is everyone else.

LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 187 million members, released the most overused words and phrases in members' LinkedIn profiles for 2012.

Creative was the most used word in several countries, including Australia.

IPA Personnel recruitment specialist Erin Sandford-Hunt said using buzzwords like creative was fine as long as it was used correctly.

"If you're applying for a marketing role then the word creative would be useful," she said.

"If you're applying for a truck-driving job then not so much."

Mrs Sandford-Hunt said having a cover letter and resume relevant to the role you were applying for was essential.

"Ensure it's a well laid out, straight-to-the-point resume free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors," she said.

Mrs Sandford-Hunt said it was not a good idea to use fancy fonts, pictures or photos.

"At the end of the day all recruiters want to do is understand you," she said.

"So make your resume easy to read and concise."

She said prospective employees should invest in a professional to create a resume for them.

"Register with a recruitment firm and make a point of following up on job applications that you have applied for to get feedback," she said.

Mrs Sandford-Hunt said another important tip was to carefully research the company you would like to work for.

"Be persistent and proactive in your job search," she said.

Mrs Sandford-Hunt said in the end being positive during the interview process could influence potential employers and recruitment firms.

"See them with your resume and explain why you are interested in working for them," she said.

"Enthusiasm and motivation go a long way."

Mrs Sandford-Hunt said LinkedIn was an effective tool that may she might uses on occasions to search for suitable candidates.

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