5 Words You Should Never Use on Your Resume

Most resumes are poorly written and as a result, hiring managers dread reading them.  Why?  Because they use vague language that doesn’t actually mean anything, and seems to be designed to put people to sleep.  If you are trying to get an employer’s attention, that is not the way to do it.  Here is a list of five words that are definitely not worthy of your resume:

Hard-working.  Employers aren’t interested in how hard you work.  They want to see results.  Give them proof of your accomplishments so they can see that you are both hard working and effective.

Mainteance.  The word maintenance is one of the most commonly misspelled words on resumes.  When you submit a resume with spelling or grammatical errors, you give the employer the perception that your work is sloppy and you couldn’t be bothered to proofread.  Always put your resume through a spell check and have someone look it over for you.

Innovative.  This word is overused on resumes and as a result it has lost its meaning.  Instead, include examples of your innovation and let them decide for themselves.

It’s.  You should consider your resume as a formal document, and as such, you shouldn’t be using contractions.  Surely you have enough time to write out the whole word.

Professional.  Employers are going to assume that you will behave professionally in the workplace.  If you feel the need to state on your resume that you are professional, they might wonder why.

There are two basic rules when writing a resume.  The first is to avoid praising yourself, and the second is to make it flawless.  Let your accomplishments do the talking and make sure that you review it two or three times before sending it to the employer.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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