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Don't Use These Words On Your Resume

If you want your resume to be more effective and less generic, make sure every word on it counts. Forbes recommends striking common phrases like saying you’re “experienced in [something]“; instead, show where your experience lies.

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You can be “experienced” in something after you’ve done it once — or every day for the past 10 years. So drop this nebulous term and be specific. If, for example, you’re a Client Report Specialist, using a phrase such as “Experienced in developing client reports” is both vague and redundant. But sharing that you “Created five customised weekly reports to analyse repeat client sales activity” — now that gives the reader a better idea of where exactly this so-called experience lies, with some actual results attached.

“Seasoned” and “well-versed” are similar words to look out for and turn into more meaningful, detailed examples.

Also don’t clam to be a “team player” or “customer-focused” because, similarly, the label isn’t as effective as your accomplishments or activities.

Hit the link below for more words to eliminate from that very important piece of paper.

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume [Forbes]