Trying to fit all that awesomeness into an eye catching, must read, three page resume can be challenging, not to mention finding just the right words to emphasise your brilliance. Agree?

According to The Muse, when trying to craft a resume that stands out, people often get a little too ‘creative’ with their word choices, opting for corporate-sounding buzzwords that they think hiring managers want to hear, rather than simply describing their accomplishments.

The message here? Cut the jargon!

CareerBuilder recently released the results of a survey asking more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals about their biggest resume word turn-offs (and turn-ons). The results were enlightening indeed.

Seems no one wants to see those over used business buzzwords and clichés – “results-driven,” “team player,” “hard worker.”

 Hiring managers prefer to see proof of such claims through actual achievements. They would rather see strong and simple action verbs such as “achieved,” “improved,” “trained” or “mentored”.

The biggest takeaway? When it comes to the words you choose on your resume, keep it simple. Clearly and accurately describe what you’ve done in the past and it will become obvious to hiring managers why you’re the “best of breed.”

Worst Resume Terms? 

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

Best Resume Terms?

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Trained/Mentored
  • Managed
  • Created
  • Influenced
  • Increased/Decreased
  • Negotiated
  • Launched
  • Under budget

(Thanks to Erin Greenawald – for her inspiration)


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