Writing a stellar resume can be a fiddly task which is why getting those finishing touches right is so important. Using the right words can mean the difference between your resume standing out from all the rest, or ending up in the bin. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of many of the words you should avoid when putting together your resume.
Using “capable” is a no-no, as it implies you can do the job so-so. If anything, use the term “efficient”.
This word is hard to nail down. Try to avoid using vague terms unless they really do apply to your situation.
Well… yeah… you better be. Hard-working ought to be a given when applying for a position. No need to mention it at all. Depending on the role your applying for “performs” may work better, or “hit, or surpass KPI’s” even better and so on. Use terms which business care about. Hint, hint: use those relating to increasing their bottom line.
“Innovative” has simply been over-used too much over the last few years and has lost its paz-azz and is past its use by date.
5. “Communication skills”
You can “communicate”. So can you and everyone else. It’s another over-used phrase and this is one which works much better when put into action. You can show your great communication skills through ensuring your resume is articulate, to the point and well-written and demonstrate your verbal communication upon interview/telephone stage, or follow-up
Another vague term, discard it.
Here are some more words not to use on your resume because they are either over-used, redundant, or vague:
7. Go getter
8. Think outside of the box
10. Go to person
12. Thought leadership
13. Value add
14. Results driven
15. Results orientated
16. Team player
18. Hard worker
22. Highly skilled