What is the response rate for job interviews over your resume? Do you think it should be improved? Is there something wrong that is causing trouble to get dream job? Well, here you should know about these 21 words and phrases which are not to be used in resumes. These might contain few which you never thought are avoidable words or phrases.
As previously discussed, you would never get a second chance to establish first expression. As a matter of fact, when it comes to job resume, you can never deny how powerful the first impression can be. While many companies use screening software to initially evaluate a candidate’s resume, senior living recruiters are largely the first people you must impress. If you have missed the last blog, click here to read the rest of the words and phrases you need to avoid as well.
Commencing with the language or content of a resume, it can definitely tank a job seeker’s chances of landing their dream job. The matter is of just few moments for recruiters and hiring managers to decide about you. Filling precious resume space with verbose language or overused buzzwords can certainly backfire. Therefore, we have enlisted some words and terms to never include in your resume. Scan your CV to make sure you’re not guilty of including these red-flagged terms:
- Expert: Stay away from the word expert, unless you truly are but this word carries much of responsibility you probably do not realize. Otherwise, you should be prepared for the questions regarding your expertise which obviously means inviting problems.
- Can’t or Won’t: Negative words should not be included in a resume, ever. Resumes should demonstrate what you can do rather than what you cannot do. You never want that people already have impression of your weaknesses.
- Unnecessary personal information: Your date of birth, family status and personal interests and likewise are few things which need to be avoided on a resume. These items do not pertain to the qualifications of an individual for a position.
- I know HTML, Photoshop: Skills are the most common resume lies. Although you may think that having every skill listed in the job description will get you the internship, that’s not always true. Telling the truth about your skills can set you up for success in your internship. You can still land the internship by being honest and can gain valuable training and learning experiences on the job.
- Hobbies: Content that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications a candidate has for a job can absolutely eliminate a candidate who may have accomplished many of the tasks that job is looking for, but was not articulated in the resume. Pointless details will lead you nowhere.
- Generalizations: Substantiate your accomplishments with numbers. Some recruiters prefer to see actual numbers. Either way, provide enough contexts to show the impact. If your objective was to cut manufacturing costs by 10 percent, make it clear that you exceeded the goal.
- Accomplished: Instead of saying you are accomplished, show it. Accomplishments are currency when it comes to resumes. The more you have and the more applicable they are to the job you want, the greater perceived worth is. This can have a big impact not just on whether you receive an interview, but how much you’re ultimately offered. Front-load the accomplishment and then describe how it was achieved. You can consult your Healthcare Recruiter as well to learn more about coming with a professional curriculum vitae.
- Stay-at-home Mom: Like personal information, do not feel obligated to explain gaps in your resume. Personal information about age, relationships or children can expose you to discrimination. Employers aren’t allowed to ask for that kind of information and you shouldn’t offer. However, if you’d like to address a gap because you are re-entering the workforce, you can be creative, such as putting Domestic CEO as the title and listing, successfully managed procurement, budgets and scheduling.
- Responsible for…: Often, careerists will write, ‘Responsible for’ at the beginning of a statement where a more powerful lead-in would energize. Instead of, “Seasoned sales management executive, prefer writing ‘Regional Sales Manager for Largest Revenue-Generating Area, exceeding competitors by 25-55% in revenue growth, year-over-year’. In other words, strengthen the story through muscular verbiage and results. Lead with strength and energy.
- Results-oriented: While many other words are misused or diluted by overuse, these are the weakest and most abused. If your resume language or content is weak, unfocused and/or rambling, you can obliterate your chances of landing that dream role.