You got your degree, congratulations! But now it is time for you to look for a job, right? And while it can be a bit scary, especially if you have never done it before, you should know that it can also be a great learning opportunity in itself.

First, you should know that your CV and cover letter is the most important part. And this task you can send to the

As you know, you will have to create a cover letter and a resume saying the best things about you that you can find. They will have to be related to the job that you are applying and speak to your recruiter’s heart.

But, have you ever given some thought to what you SHOULDN’T write to your resume? If you haven’t, here is a list of ten statements that you should avoid at all costs – feel free to print it and stick it to your computer so never to write it down ever.

# 1 – “I will take any job position you have”

One of the most common mistakes that you won’t want to make is to say that you will be happy to take any job position available. It will sound desperate for starters. Plus, it won’t help your recruiter to know why you want that job and what is going to stop you from leaving the position as soon as you get a more suitable one.

In other words, you won’t sound committed to the company either the role, and the recruiter will fear that they waste time and money training you. And it will seriously decrease your chances of getting hired.

# 2 – “I can do a bit of everything”

Another statement that will make you sound desperate. But it will also come with another negative point: after reading it on your cover letter, your recruiter will think that you don’t know yourself as a professional.

On your job application, you should state your strong points and highlight your skill set. But when you say that you can do a bit of everything, it lets people think that you aren’t particularly good at anything. So make sure that you state your strengths clearly instead.

# 3 – “I am the best candidate you can ever find”

Yes, you should sound confident on your job application. And it is crucial that your recruiter believes that you are the best candidate available. But it is for him or her to conclude, not you to say out loud. If you do, you will sound arrogant, to say the least.

So how to get it right is the challenge here. And the trick is to say how amazing you are through facts and not statements. You will prove that they should hire you straight away through your background, recommendations, skillset, and understanding of their business. Not by just saying it.

# 4 – “I really need this job”

That is the official statement of desperation. And, believe it or not, some people do write it in their cover letter or say it during their interview. They think that if they appeal to the emotional side of the recruiter, he or she will feel compelled to hire them out of guilt. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

You must have in mind that the company you are applying for isn’t a non-profit organization. They aren’t there for charity. And even if they are a charity, you aren’t their beneficiary. You will be an employee. So your presence in the business is meant to help them to achieve their goals not to feel better about themselves.

# 5 – “College wasn’t great”

You have just graduated so you probably don’t have much work experience to show off on your CV. The major part of it will be about what you did in college: your classes, grades, projects, and so. Meaning that if you start saying that your college experience wasn’t that great, you will be saying that you have got nothing valuable so far.

Plus, being negative won’t help you to get anywhere. Companies want people able to see solutions, not only problems. It won’t be helpful to say that you knew that your education wasn’t going well and did nothing about it.

Why did you waste four, five years of your life then? You will truly sound like someone who takes very little care about your career – and they will only imagine how poorly you will care about their businesses.

# 6 – “I am great at bowling”

Your cover letter and CV have very limited space to offer you. So don’t waste it by mentioning things that aren’t relevant to your job application. Your hobbies, generally speaking, aren’t to be mentioned, except if it happens that they match the company’s business.

Another possibility is that you have got some significant prize, which will add value to you as a leader or a competitor. But, if it is not one of the situations mentioned, leave the sports, arts, and crafts that you practice for the interview (if the recruiter asks you about them).

# 7 – “I was told that I should get a job with you”

Never start a sentence with “I was told”. Never. It shows that you don’t have your own opinion about the topic, that you are led by other’s people ideas – not a trait of an independent and self-driven mind, right? And these are some of the most common soft skills required on any job application.

Plus, it will also give a hint to your recruiter that you might not have thought it through, that you only did what you were told because it was the easiest thing to do. And that maybe you will change your mind later about keeping that job. So imagine how bad it can get when you say something like this about getting an interview with them.

The bottom line

The bottom line here comes down to a couple of things:

  • Never sound desperate
  • Be clear about your strengths
  • Never add irrelevant information
  • Always sound optimistic and confident

If you manage to get these things right, you are more likely to land the job of your dreams sooner than you thought. Best of luck!