If the person reading it can’t understand what you’re trying to get across, or is mildly annoyed by your fluffy word choices, or is getting dj vu from a similar resume, you have a problem. Remember it’s the hiring manager’s job to skim your resume, not to read between the lines and decipher what makes you unique. Let me get straight to the point: It’s not working.
Despite the fact that hiring managers now ask for a variety of application materials, resumes are still an extremely important part of the process. And because they’re so important, people usually feel the need to use old-fashioned, stilted, and even cliché language when writing them.
To make sure you don’t suffer from language that will get your resume placed in the “no” pile, remove these six words from your resume.
We all do this. Something about the word “use” feels too simple, and in a vain attempt to make our work seem more significant, we use the word “utilize” instead. Let me get straight to the point: It’s not working. Go back to the basics. Or I should say, use the basics. If you want your resume bullets to be impressive, quantify your results in the same line. Don’t use flowery language that doesn’t mean anything. Read more…