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Keep These Words Off Your Resume

Are you a “dynamic” “team player” and “people person” who thinks “outside the box”? Here are resume words to use instead.


Your resume is one of the most powerful tools in your job search, but it might be full of words that drain it of its strength. “[Buzzwords] once had meaning, but they have been repeated so often that hiring managers gloss over them,” says Mitchell Langbert, associate professor of business management at Brooklyn College.

To help you make sure you’re not filling your prime resume real estate with meaningless jargon, we’re breaking down which resume words to avoid, and which terms to add. Now read on you problem-solving, goal-setting, self-motivating go-getter. (Yep, these words are all on the good-to-go list.)

Bottom-lineWhile these words and phrases were actually once effective and meaningful, they are now “dying from overuse,” says Langbert.

Customer-focused
Dependable
Detail-oriented
Dynamic
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Excellent communicator
Familiar with
Go-getter
Go-to person
Hard worker
Hardworking
Highly organized
Loyal
Optimize
Outside the box
People person
Proactive
Results-driven
Results-oriented
Seasoned
Strategic thinker
Synergy
Team player
Thought leadership
Track record
Value add
Well-versed

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Use These

Replace buzzwords with “action verbs that describe what you’ve done and how those experiences have contributed to your success or the success of the company,” saysEleesha Martin, senior recruiting specialist at G&A Partners.

Achieved
Conceptualized
Created
Decreased
Improved
Increased
Influenced
Launched
Listened
Managed
Mentored
Negotiated
Organized
Problem-solved
Resolved
Showed confidence
Trained
Volunteered
Won

Other Words Employers Love:

Goal-setting
Ideas
Revenue
Self-motivating
Under budget

https://www.mediabistro.com/get-hired/resumes-cover-letters/keep-these-words-off-your-resume/?utm_content=cta&utm_source=weeklycareertips&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weeklynewsletter20160516

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