For the past 5 years as president of a company that helps clients to ignite their job searches and land their dream jobs, I have reviewed thousands of resumes. Since space is limited on your resume, every word needs to earn its way onto this document because of its importance. Unfortunately, many resumes contain overused or ineffective words that do not add value. Here is a list of the most common offenders that should be immediately removed.
Delete These Useless Words From Your Resume:
- Successful / Accomplished (do not add adjectives to try to boost your status, instead show that you have been successful through the text written on your résumé)
- Guru / Ninja / Rock Star (informal and not helpful for keyword purposes)
- Seasoned (makes one sound old)
- Honest (this is obvious and does not need to be stated)
- Results-driven / Results-oriented (explain your specific results under each job position, instead of simply writing results-driven)
- Driven / Motivated / Passionate / Focused / Hardworking (this is obvious and does not need to be stated)
- Goal-oriented (give concrete examples using goal numbers to show that you achieved or exceeded your yearly/monthly/weekly goals)
- Significantly (include concrete numbers or strong text to show the reader your significant results)
- Go-to person (clearly explain your level of responsibility)
- Team Player (it is understood that you know how to work with people)
- Responsible for / Duties include (use more exciting action verbs to explain your responsibilities and duties; Google resume action verbs to find lists of appropriate verbs; and make sure that every bullet under each job description starts with a verb)
- Familiar (does not convey that you are good at whatever follows)
- Stay-At-Home Parent (potential employers should not know about your children as it is not relevant to your career)
- Resume (do not write Resume at the top of your document)
- Objective (do not write Objective at the top of your document, instead use a career summary section and label it with your current job title)
- References (do not write References Available Upon Request at the bottom of your document)
- First-person or Third-person Language (do not use first-person or third-person language, instead use formal resume language to look professional)
Make sure that you carefully proofread your resume to ensure that every word is powerful, specific, and needed. Once you believe everything is perfect, have at least 3 other people read through it to verify that there are no mistakes or unnecessary words.
Victoria LoCascio, president of http://AceYourInterview.com, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified SEO Expert, and has master’s degrees in both Leadership and Communication. She specializes in writing powerful resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, as well as coaching clients on interviewing skills.
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