Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Best (and Worst) Words to Use on Your Resume

A recent CareerBuilder survey, comprised of hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries and company sizes, found that 17 percent of hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes, while 68 percent spend less than two minutes.

As a job seeker, this leaves you with a very limited window to wow a prospective hiring manager - one of the easiest ways to make your resume stand out from the rest is the choice of words you use on your resume.

Here is a list of some of the best and worst terms for your resume, according to the hiring managers and human resources professionals surveyed:

Worst Resume Terms:
  1. Best of breed
  2. Go-getter
  3. Think outside the box
  4. Synergy
  5.  Go-to person
  6. Thought leadership
  7. Value add
  8. Results-driven
  9. Team player
  10. Bottom-line
  11. Hard worker
  12. Strategic thinker
  13. Dynamic
  14. Self-motivated
  15. Detail-oriented
  16. Proactively
  17. Track record

Best Resume Terms:
  1. Achieved
  2. Improved
  3. Trained/Mentored
  4. Managed
  5. Created
  6. Resolved
  7. Volunteered
  8. Influenced
  9. Increased/Decreased
  10. Ideas
  11. Negotiated
  12. Launched
  13. Revenue/Profits
  14. Under budget
  15. Won

Keep these best resume terms in mind when writing your resume, and think about how you can utilize the most ideal phrases on your resume to land an interview.


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