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10 Words To Stop Using On Your Resume

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Ah yes…graduation!  You’ve been waiting four years (maybe more in my case) to get out of college and into the real world to start your new job.

But first, you have to put together a resume. You’ve been taught to use resume “buzzwords” to make yourself sound better. However, if everyone overuses these words, they’re not really buzzwords, are they?

Here are 10 of those words and phrases to stop using according to The Savvy Networker.

  1. Results-oriented professional
  2. Cross-functional teams
  3. More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience
  4. Superior (or excellent) communication skills
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Met or exceeded expectations
  7. Proven track record of success
  8. Works well with all levels of staff
  9. Team player
  10. Bottom-line orientation

So what do you use instead? Use words that really describe your personality and the work that you’ve done in the past. If the buzzword phrase you were going to use is “team player”, maybe you would say that you “partnered with the sales staff to efficiently land numerous large accounts”.

Whatever you use, make sure that it makes sense.  You can still use powerful words — just back off on the overused phrases.

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