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Resume Terms You Want to Avoid

Posted: 19/04/2012 5:00:00 AM by AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Career-resources

Do you have extensive experience in your line of work? Are you a motivated, results-oriented, team player? Do you come with a proven track record? Does this sound like you? If it does, you’re in big trouble.

A resume is your calling card to your next job. It’s the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager sees. It’s a critical document that should be differentiating you from the rest of the pack. So many people use the same words and phrases to describe themselves, they’ve essentially lost meaning.

Same old blah, blah, blah

The first paragraph of this post contained 5 of the 10 most common resumes terms in use today. If you’re using ANY of these words in your resume, you’re instantly putting yourself in a category with everyone else. Your resume will not stand out and a hiring manager will likely pass over you without giving it a second thought. (Seriously, read this post about how much time recruiters spend looking at resumes, What Recruiters Look at During the 6 Seconds They Spend on Your Resume.)

Usual suspects

According to LinkedIn, these are the most overused ways people describe themselves on their professional resumes:

  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneur

So how do you solve this conundrum? If you’ve ever tried to write a resume, chances are you pulled your hair out and spent a lot of time sweating over an end result that was average, at best. Or you got someone else to do it for you as a favour and didn’t get much further. Because your resume is a key part of the employer screening process when selecting candidates, it’s best to have your resume professionally written. Consider it an investment not just in your job search, but in yourself, as well. A professional resume writer will be able to construct a document showing your strengths, minimising your weaknesses and positioning you for the job you want.

Resume writing service

If you’re feeling stuck, why not let us help you? We work with writers who are expert at creating resumes for the Australian resource industry. For a relatively small investment, you’ll have a document that will help you stand out from the rest of the candidates and snag an interview. You can find out more by reading our Resume Writing Service article on the Careers and Industry Guide.

Have you ever had a professional resume written for you?

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