12 Words to Remove from Your Resume

Career Blog

Your resume is the first impression you have on a potential employer. Of course, you want to impress them with relevant skills, previous successes, and accomplishments, but try to stay away from clichéd buzzwords.

Some overused words and phrases you will want to remove from your resume include:

  1. Hard-working
  2. Results-oriented
  3. Outstanding
  4. Exceptional
  5. Highly skilled
  6. Creative
  7. Loyal
  8. Dependable
  9. Team player
  10. Extensive experience
  11. Track record
  12. Problem-solving

It will be tough removing these words, as they might truly depict the image you’re trying to portray, but mostly, they are vague descriptions of the actual accomplishment. Instead of using these words throughout your resume, describe your accomplishments with real data. Did you produce exceptional numbers by being creative and focusing on problem-solving? Be more specific. You grew the client base by 4% with a new solution to customer’s old problems. Employers know when you’ve spit words on your resume to demonstrate achievements, but speaking to your actual experiences will get your resume more attention.

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