Superlatives are words which signify quality or being the best at something. Examples of commonly used superlatives are brilliant, best, marvellous, supreme, remarkable, first-rate, premier, unsurpassed, ambitious, results-driven, outstanding and excellent.
Unless you are famous for being the best at what you do, the best advice is to use these words sparingly. Consider for example the following sentence “I am an outstanding results-driven accountant who is not only ambitious but extremely-driven and career focussed with a remarkable track record in the field of accountancy”. The above message is a huge self-declaration riddled with superlatives and clichés which are totally unsubstantiated.
Instead of focussing on superlatives, your CV should focus on your achievements, measurable outcomes and recognition. By including quantifiable results it has a much stronger impact than using clichés and superlatives.
Take for example an accountants CV which reads “I made savings of over €60,000 in my first six months with XYZ by changing our stationary and IT suppliers”. The above sentence infers that you are a results-driven, action orientated professional, with a good track record at what you do. There is no need to spell out these words as the outcome does all the talking for you.
Your achievements will paint a clear picture in your potential employers head as the type of person you truly are and what impact you could have on his/her organisation. Overuse of superlatives has the potential to annoy or even alienate a potential employer. The best advice is to use superlatives sparingly, unless, of course, you are recognised as the best at what you do.