You'd be amazed at how many people forget this is a document they are writing about themselves. Which means, over-stating your abilities sounds boastful and even worse... desperate. The following are words I've personally seen used on resumes. If you want to come across as the "talented yet humble" professional that you really are, consider eliminating these words from it:
1. Guru: No, you are not a mystical person from another physical realm. You are a professional who uses their smarts to get results.
2. Emperor: You are also not the head of a foreign country.
3. Star: Well, unless you are in a band that sells out stadiums weekly, you can't claim this one.
4. Awesome: Sorry, but if you are going to put this on your resume, why not add 'wicked' in front of it to really let them know where you are from.
5. Gifted: Really? Who told you that, your mom?
6. Principled: You need to tell us you have rules and follow them?
7. Unconventional: So you like to break rules and buck management?
8. Evangelist: Got your own church and Sunday TV show? If not, skip this one.
The key to selecting the right words to use on a resume is objectivity.
- Stick to the facts.
- Use quantifiable accomplishments to prove your worth.
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