Don't Wreck Your Résumé With These Words

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2017-02-16 Email

No matter how highly skilled and experienced you are, you won't get very far in the job market with a weak résumé. Recruiters spend, on average, just 3.14 minutes reading a résumé, and they usually make up their mind about a candidate's worthiness within the first minute, research shows. One in five hiring managers will reject a candidate before they finish reading the résumé. Six out of 10 of them will do so due to poor grammar or spelling, and more than half will reject a candidate because of a wealth of clichés in the résumé. The upshot: While what you include in a résumé is obviously essential, what you leave out is also important. To provide some guidance, we've come up with the following list of words and phrases that you should never include, adapted from a list recently published by Glassdoor. In some cases, the words and phrases are simply unnecessary or repetitive. In others, they're overused, or are stale examples of jargon or tired buzz phrases. By packing these words into a résumé, you divert attention from what employers are really looking for: summaries of how you made a difference for your organization.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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