Don’t Use These Words On Your Resume

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.


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]


    • It is actually. I still struggle with my resume and I’ve been working for over 15 years. I’m not very good at taking an objective look at myself. I do what I do because that’s what I do. I’m not one for asking for praise or having tickets on myself so when the time comes, I tend to stumble and down play my achievements.

    • It’s a skill, and one that is taught very poorly.
      I’m in the same place as Disco_box, been working for 15 years, attempting to write resumes for longer, and really, only in the last year or so, feeling that I’m starting to get it right.

  • In IT, have a first page that really sells, then make sure your resume reads reasonably in the unlikely event that someone reads past the first page, then keyword load based on your job. Recruiters use a bunch of filters around minimum standards, IE certification, degree, etc, but once you pass the minimum filters – the candidates that go to the top of the list are usually just selected by doing a frequency count of the role specific keywords that appear in the candidates resume. So an SOE administrator might be evaluated on how many times you mention SOE, group policy, deployment and scripting in your resume, etc.

    Then the recruiter usually reads just enough to decide if they want to interview you and the rest is the interview process. Employers are sometimes more discerning – but a majority of them only really look at the first page.

  • I used the term “experienced” and described myself as a “team-player” and I got hired by a company with $100bn revenue. I fail to see the problem here…

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