Resume writing is an infrequently used skill and one area where most of us will take all the help we can get. Keep your resume from ending up in the bowels of a corporate shredder by avoiding these phrases.
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The last thing you want to appear like to your future employer is a resume writing drone—unless of course that's your target market. At The Savvy Networker they assembled a list of the worst canned phrases in resume building:
- Results-oriented professional
- Cross-functional teams
- More than [x]years of progressively responsible experience
- Superior (or excellent) communication skills
- Strong work ethic
- Met or exceeded expectations
- Proven track record of success
- Works well with all levels of staff
- Team player
- Bottom-line orientation
What approach would they suggest you use? As the trend shifts away from bullet-based soundbite resumes it will be more important to write your resume to sound less like a ticker tape and more like you're actually describing the work you do.
For an example of a "human voice" resume entry, check out the full article at the link below. If you've recently been polishing off your resume and have some resume-writing resources to share, sound off in the comments.