Top 10 Overused Resume Buzzwords

resume buzzwordsBy Anthony Cintron

Are you a flexible, motivated, skilled problem solving go-to-person with a proven ability to listen actively and attentively? I bet you're also a strategic thinker with an excellent ability to meet demanding deadlines too.

Just be sure not to put that on your resume if you want to get an interview. Why? The HR people have probably already met a dozen of you this week.

That's the problem with buzzwords. Everybody uses them. They may seem like a smart move, after all, the words can be powerful - but are also boring and vague. You may think that using these words will get you noticed but, when we all put them on our resume, we all start to look alike. The folks in HR will fly right by these words, your resume...and ultimately you.

You are unique and have an individual skill set that employers are looking for. You must make a resume as unique as you are. So get specific.

The first rule in writing is show, don't tell. It's a great mindset to have when you're writing your resume. For example, instead of stating that you are 'results-oriented', list the results your company has reaped from your actions. Do you have 'excellent communication skills'? Then demonstrate those very same skills by showing examples of how it paid off for your former employer.

Prospective employers want to know what you have accomplished in your professional life. They need to be able to connect it to their business needs so show them in detail!

To help avoid the top used buzzwords; speak in your own language. Don't use phrases you wouldn't dream of saying out loud in a conversation. You should also know the company you're are applying to work for. Is there industry specific verbiage? Use it in your resume.

Buzzwords are trendy and short lived. You may be of the moment, but you don't want your job to be as fleeting...do you?


Top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA – 2010
  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneurial

What buzzwords do you try to avoid?

Anthony Cintron is the President & Chief Technology Officer of Resoomay, a cloud-based pre-screening tool that improves the job search process for recruiters and applicants. Connect with him and Resoomay on Facebook and Twitter.



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