When it comes to your resume, word choice is key. The fact is, your resume needs to communicate a lot of information in a limited amount of time and space.* So what you choose to include has to pack a punch!
An article from CareerBuilder suggests steering clear of “subjective terms and clichés…because they don’t convey real information.” Managers who do the hiring prefer “strong action words that...define specific experience, skills and accomplishments.”
CareerBuilder and Julie Jansen, one of our career coaches, suggest avoiding the following terms, which are often on an employer’s “do not call” list:
- Hard worker
Instead, focus on verbs, such as:
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* According to CareerBuilder.com, most hiring managers spend less than two minutes reading a resume. Executive career coach Julie Jansen recommends that resumes be no more than two pages in length.