Often times than not, people have the tendency to embellish their CV and write what they think the recruiter or the hiring manager wants to read. It is not that surprising, giving it is in our human nature. We want others to like us, we want to impress, and we like to show everyone that we can handle whatever it is that needs handling.

The above statement is especially true when it comes to the labour market. A lot of professionals and specialists, experts are out there, and people need something recognisable and appealing.

A lot of people then reach for the good old human ability to adapt and they use it in their CV to the maximum. What do I mean by that?

I mean, many identify themselves as “challenge lovers”. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, people will state in their CV or on their LinkedIn profile that they enjoy challenges. What goes hand in hand with this is one of the following descriptions: extremely flexible, excellent ability to adapt and quickly react to new situations, thrives in dynamic and fast-paced environments. These are just some of the used phrases and they are an overkill.

Here’s one thing you need to keep in mind: what is a challenge to you might not be a challenge to the recruiter. We are all different, so think about that when writing and reviewing your CV. You don’t need to write what you think is expected of you, you need to write something that reflects who you are.

Also, it makes more sense to use this phrase in your cover letter. If you really want to use it. It could be helpful when you’re explaining why you’re looking for a new job – then you can say it’s because you need a challenge. Otherwise, it is too generic and overused.

In the end, I’d like to ask you: do you really love challenges?

Think about this, be honest, and remove it from your CV, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile if it is just a filler phrase. Or if you think you should be saying that. Remember, there are no rules for these things!

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