Are you putting together a new résumé? Updating your current one?
Good for you. Before you get ready to send it out, though, put it through one final test – the buzzword test.
Buzzwords are a real turn-off for potential employers and may actually hasten your résumé’s journey to the “circular file.” Here’s why:
- Buzzwords send up a red flag to employers, who may feel you’re trying to hide knowledge gaps or exaggerate your qualifications.
- Buzzwords are trite and vague. Through overuse, these terms have lost their impact and ability to communicate properly.
- Buzzwords take up space on your résumé that could be used for strong, concrete, specific examples of what you’ve accomplished and produced, as well as your value to a potential employer.
So which terms should you avoid? Let’s start with the 10 most overused profile buzzwords LinkedIn recently published:
- Extensive experience
- Proven track record
- Team player
- Problem solver
Here are 10 more common buzzwords you should avoid:
- Creative thinker
- Detail oriented
- People person
- Quick learner
- Seasoned professional
- Strong work ethic
So if you need to avoid these terms, what should you write instead?
The best way to grab a recruiter’s attention is by giving real-world examples. Instead of saying that you have a proven track record, provide specific, measurable results you’ve accomplished. Instead of saying that you are a team player, include successful projects you’ve worked on and the critical role you played.
Your résumé may be the only opportunity you have to make a great impression on a potential employer. Use it wisely! Eliminate these common buzzwords from your résumé (and your LinkedIn profile, to boot) and you’ll be one step closer to landing the job you want.
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