Thursday, October 20, 2005


25 Words That Can Hurt Your Resume- Career Advice Article

MSN Careers - 25 Words That Can Hurt Your Resume- Career Advice Article

Instead of... "Experience working in a fast-paced environment"
Try... "Registered 120+ third-shift emergency patients per night"

Instead of... "Excellent written communication skills"
Try... "Wrote jargon-free User Guide for 11,000 users"

Instead of... "Team player with cross-functional awareness"
Try... "Collaborated with clients, A/R and Sales to increase speed of receivables and prevent interruption of service to clients."

Instead of... "Demonstrated success in analyzing client needs"
Try... "Created and implemented comprehensive needs assessment mechanism to help forecast demand for services and staffing."

The worst offenders
It’s good to be hard-working and ambitious, right? The hiring manager won't be convinced if you can't provide solid examples to back up your claims. Bennett suggests being extra-careful before putting these nice-sounding but empty words in your résumé.

∗ Aggressive
∗ Ambitious
∗ Competent
∗ Creative
∗ Detail-oriented
∗ Determined
∗ Efficient
∗ Experienced
∗ Flexible
∗ Goal-oriented
∗ Hard-working
∗ Independent
∗ Innovative
∗ Knowledgeable
∗ Logical
∗ Motivated
∗ Meticulous
∗ People person
∗ Professional
∗ Reliable
∗ Resourceful
∗ Self-motivated
∗ Successful
∗ Team player
∗ Well-organized

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