QUESTION: I’ve been advised against using “cliché words” in my resume. How can I know what they are?
They are vague assertions and claims used so much that they no longer matter to recruiters and hiring-managers. Examples include: hard-working; flexible; proactive; goal-oriented; determined; driven; dynamic; team-player; versatile. Anyone can claim any of these. Instead, list your skills and cite accomplishments. Demonstrate how you are hard-working, proactive, versatile, etc.
Results driven, dependable, exceptional, team player, people person, self-starter, detail oriented, self-motivated, go-getter, hard worker, dynamic, bottom line, strategic thinker. Instead, put specific words/examples: Resolved customer service challenges, developed efficient system to replace time consuming system, increased sales by 13%, launched Smith project, trained five employees.
Many resume strategy authors and career coaches advise against the use of the latest catchwords of the day… words and phrases such as “team player” or “leveraging synergies,” or “driving results.” If you concentrate on applying measurable achievements and specific projects to your job descriptions, you can easily avoid the trap of submitting a resume that is perceived as lightweight or trendy.
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