Did somebody tell you that these words will not let you make an impression which you seek for? Here we all hear about never getting a second chance to make first impression. Especially, 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, recruiters are largely the first people you must impress.
Beginning 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:

  • Unemployed: Your employment dates already show if you’re unemployed so you don’t need to highlight it.
  • Hardworking or Hard worker: Factually, you are a hardworking individual who shows up to work on time and is self-motivated, but you don’t need to call it out.
  • Ambicious: Misspelled words [like this one] should never appear on your resume. You should read your resume numerous times, print it and take a pen to it and have someone else read it. One misspelled word can completely eliminate an otherwise strong candidate from consideration because it demonstrates lack of attention to detail.
  • Microsoft Office: Popular resume templates and HR pros prompt job seekers to include a list of strategic skills on their resume. Be sure to include not only the relevant skills that make you a perfect fit for the role, but also the skills that make you stand out. But take note, command of Microsoft Office is not a skill. It’s a given.
  • Objective: Is your career trajectory pretty straightforward and lacking major gaps between jobs? Then you probably don’t need an objective statement. If your resume is self-explanatory, there’s no need to take up valuable space with anything that’s redundant. Also, if you’re submitting a cover letter with your resume, that should be more than sufficient in addressing your objective for your application. You can look for more help regarding these with Healthcare Recruiters.
  • Synergy: Words like ‘synergy’ and ‘wheelhouse’ are completely overused lingo. Steer clear.
  • I, She, He, Him, Her: Talking in 1st or 3rd person reads weird – did someone write your resume for you? Just state the facts as per requirement.
  • Rockstar: It has been overused in the last five years in accordance to the survey and details. Don’t use it unless you are truly a singing superstar, applying for a wedding singer or entertainer role that is!”
  • Dabbled: Technology or systems you have touched or were exposed to but really don’t know much about it. In such case, don’t add Python to your resume if you’re not a pro.
  • Reference Available Upon Request: Having “references upon request” at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious. According to one of the Executive Healthcare Recruiters; everyone assumes we want references, but honestly, we can ask.
  • On Time: Again, a candidate being on time is an expectation. Instead, focus on crafting a well thought out, concise resume with interesting content on accomplishments.
    To be continued… aimhcr.com