Words you shouldn't put on your résumé
While many large companies use automated résumé-screener software to cut down the initial pool of job applicants, loading your résumé with meaningless buzzwords is not the smartest way to get noticed.
"Nearly everyone is guilty of using buzzwords from time to time, but professionals are evaluated increasingly on their ability to communicate," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for professional-placement firm Robert Half.
Some of the major problems with using buzzwords, according to Mary Lorenz, a corporate communications manager at CareerBuilder, are that they have become so overused that they've lost all meaning, and they don't differentiate the job seeker from other candidates because they're so generic.
Other, less jargony words and terms should be avoided when they serve little purpose to the hiring manager. All these words do is waste their time and, as a result, you lose out on the few precious seconds a recruiter spends scanning your résumé.
Instead, Lorenz says job seekers should speak in terms of accomplishments and show rather than tell.
"Avoiding overused terms can help job seekers convey their message and stand out from the crowd," McDonald says.
Here's what you should avoid:
1. 'Best of breed'
5. 'Highly qualified'
6. 'Responsible for'
8. 'References available by request'
10. 'Team player'
11. 'Microsoft Word'
13. 'Hard worker'
17. 'People person'
18. 'Hit the ground running'
19. 'I,' 'me,' or 'myself'
20. 'My objective ...'
23. 'Extracurricular activities'