Resume Cliches to Avoid

By | April 3, 2015

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Every job applicant wants their resume to convey that they’re a results driven, go-getter with extensive experience. Right? Of course, that’s how all professionals would like to be perceived. However, spelling out those qualities too literally on your resume can backfire. That’s because a resume filled with cliches, corporate buzzwords and jargon can prompt a hiring manager to toss your job application aside. You might be surprised at some of the phrases that have recruiters rolling their eyes.

Online surveys have indicated that the following phrases are amongst the top resume cliches to avoid:

  • Best of breed
  • Go-getter
  • Think outside of the box
  • Synergy
  • Go-to person
  • Results-driven
  • Team player
  • Hard worker
  • Strategic thinker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Extensive experience
  • Results-oriented
  • Dynamic
  • Proven track record

Aside from appearing boastful, generic language just doesn’t convey enough information about your actual skills and accomplishments. Back your claims up with measurable, tangible examples of your work. Spell out which strategies you developed, revenue streams you created, profits that you increased, projects that you delivered, and the teams that you managed. It’s no small task, but to the victor go the spoils! Oh…was that a cliche? Excuse us while we work on a rewrite.

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