Stop Using these Phrases on Your Resume

April 11, 2016

Forbes recently reported on the top ten terms that are making hiring managers wretch in agony. The big problem is you’re taking up some prime real estate on your resume to say nothing. Remember, you’re selling yourself on your resume, do you want to sound like the guy at the state fair hawking sham-wows? Here are the top ten. Drumroll please.

1. Results-oriented professional

2. Bottom-line orientation

3. Works well with all levels of staff

4. Cross-functional teams

5. More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience

6. Superior (or excellent) communication skills

7. Strong work ethic

8. Met or exceeded expectations

9. Proven track record of success

10. Team player

And there are the nails on the hiring manager’s collective chalkboard. If you spot these on your resume, eradicate them with extreme prejudice. And take some time to craft a better turn of phrase or just keep it simple. Actually, just keep it simple. Hiring managers dig that.

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