25 Resume Words to Avoid

From MSN Careers (by Laura Morsch of Careerbuilder).

Via Ross Hollman

Comments (3)

  1. Ian says:

    Oh no! As a student who’s about to graduate (and sending a few cover letters and CVs), I thought those were good words to use!

    Although I suppose the point of the article is to make sure you provide concrete examples when using these buzzwords since everybody these days is a "creative, ambitious, efficient, innovative, hard-working team player"! 🙂

  2. While I do appreciate the advice and even agree with the article you reference, you must see the humor in this advice when you compare this MSN Careers article with the job postings on the Microsoft.com/Careers site. A lot of the words we are supposed to avoid in our resumes’ are the same words contained in the Microsoft job postings.

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    Ian…don’t worry! I see a bit of an exemption for new grads given they have less experience to describe.

    Systems Engineer, it would be more funny if it didn’t hit so close to home. Trust me, there’s another post coming on writing effective job desciptions. I think people have to turn off that voice in their head that comes up with some of the job description verbiage. People see a bazillion job descriptions with that kind of verbiage and they think that’s just how you do it. I challenge the writers of the job desciptions to actually read them out loud and hear how it sounds and decide whether it’s comfortable wording to use. On the flip side, I have to say that it is tough to write a job description from scratch and make the beginning of it interesting. It usually just ends up starting with a question about whether the reader wants to change the world. So , yes I see the humor, but it hurts when I laugh ; )

    Definitely a blog post coming.

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