If there's one thing that many hiring managers can't stand about reading through resumes, it would have to be "buzzwords".
Talent Rover COO Brandon Metcalf reveals to Fast.Co the five types of words that should be banned from appearing on all resumes from now onwards: Meaninglesswords like "disrupt", "utilize", "optimize", and "monetize" might sound fancy when strung together in a sentence, but don't expect it to fool anyone. Instead, focus on using clear and simple language when describing tasks, examples and listing the results.
Adjectives should be used sparingly, if at all. So avoidsuperlativeslike "world-class", "foremost", and "cutting-edge". Not only are this unquantifiable, they really won’t help your appeal. Any assertion you make always needs to be backed up with facts. Provide some substance by including any quantification of sales, awards, or increase in business to prove your point.
Avoid using clichés like mentioning how you're "a team player who gives 110%, 24/7". This is considered a major sign of lazy writing and lack of original thought. Your resume should sound like an authoritative version of you. A good tip for weeding out cliches is by reading it out loud and nixing anything that sounds cheesy.
Overusing acronyms can be confusing since generalist recruiters will probably have no clue what they mean. While some specific industry acronyms can be useful for letting recruiters know that you understand the industry, it’s best just to spell out the full name on first reference.
Nonsensicalwords like “liaisoned with top execs" might seem fancy, but you're better off sticking with words that are actually in the dictionary.
So remember, writing a resume isn't just about highlighting your best skills,
crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. If you really want to stand out from the pack, you need to proofread that sucker as though your very livelihood depends on it. Because it probably does.
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