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50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:21:55 am »
If you are looking for a job change and are aiming to write an eye-catching resume, this may surprise you. Some keywords or buzzwords you use in your CV could actually ruin your chances of getting that dream job.

Why?

According to Karen Burns, the author of the illustrated career advice book The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, these words are simply “vague”. It makes your resume look like everyone elses.

She advises:

You want your resume to stand out. The best way to sell yourself is to show, don’t tell. Explain your accomplishments rather than spouting them off in trite ways. So check your resume for these boilerplate words and phrases. If you find them, replace them–or at the very least, elaborate upon them — with real-life, specific examples.

So when making your resume, keep the following words out of the scene.

1. Team player

2. Detailed-oriented

3. Proven track record of success

4. Experienced

5. Excellent communication skills

6. Leadership skills

7. Go-to person

8. Managed cross-functional teams

9. Exceptional organizational skills

10. Self-starter

11. Results-oriented professional

12. Bottom-line orientated

13. Works well with customers

14. Strong negotiation skills

15. Goal-oriented

16. People-person

17. Dynamic

18. Innovative

19. Proven ability

20. Top-flight

21. Motivated

22. Bottom-line focused

23. Responsible for

24. Assisted with

25. Skilled problem solver

26. Accustomed to fast-paced environments

27. Strong work ethic

28. Works well with all levels of staff

29. Met (or exceeded) expectations

30. Savvy business professional

31. Strong presentation skills

32. Looking for a challenging opportunity

33. Cutting-edge

34. Multi-tasker

35. Proactive

36. Seasoned professional

37. Perfectionist

38. Highly skilled

39. Functioned as

40. Duties included

41. Actions encompassed

42. Best-in-class

43. Strategic thinker

44. Trustworthy

45. Flexible

46. Works well under pressure

47. Quick learner

48. Partnered with others

49. Results-focused

50. Out-of-the-box thinker
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Re: 50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 12:50:16 pm »
Oh myy. This is shocking :O
Thanks for sharing Nobo (:

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Re: 50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 01:05:28 pm »
Only a dolt will keep his good things going, when saying something about themselves.

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Re: 50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 01:33:17 pm »
The points above are not any proof of ability. They're mere decorum.

There is nothing to prove that you possess those ability, if you mention those in your resume. ;)

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Re: 50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2010, 01:35:47 pm »
wow  din know this ! Thanks :D :D

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Re: 50 Keywords That Can Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2012, 07:52:21 am »
These words were always meaningless to me anyway.