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25 Words That Can Hurt Your Résumé

25 Words That Can Hurt Your Résumé

CareerBuilder has suggested that there are 25 words that you shouldn’t put in your resume. He referenced book The Elements of Résumé Style and show several examples from it:


Instead of… “Experience working in 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”

When I reading job candidates’ resume, I don’t really mind of reading those terms – but it helps a lot to provide some solid achievements. The only with examples that suits the position will be have higher chance to pass onto next round (i.e. phone interview screening or even interview).

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25 Words That Can Hurt Your Résumé – [CareerBuilder via Lebon and Roy]

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Update (2005/10/09): Thanks to Roy. This post is reflecting to the original article.

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