25 Words Not to Use in Your ResumeJuly 5th, 2013 | Articles, Resume | 10 Comments »
1.) Try. Yoda already told you about this. Don’t make him do it again.
2.) Innovative. Overused beyond belief. If you are innovative, you’d eliminate this word from your vocab.
3.) Creative. No creative person describes his or herself as “creative.” It’s a cardboard flavored adjective.
4.) Love. In this context, it makes you sound like you have an unhealthy infatuation with the company.
5.) Analytical. When everyone uses analytical, the word loses meaning.
6.) Cutting-edge. Another overused word. It’s a relic from the space age that belongs there.
7.) Road Warrior. If the hiring manager is a die-hard Mad Max fan, you’re fine. If not…
8.) Workaholic. Gives the impression of addiction and suggests they’ll have to have an intervention.
9.) Goal-Oriented. Both bland & vague. Instead use examples in your resume, cover letter, & interview.
10.) Problem Solver. Just bland. Qualify how you solve problems.
11.) Self-Starter. An exhausted device.
12.) Trustworthy. Why bring it up if it wasn’t a problem in the past?
13.) Perfectionist. This word is a nice way to say difficult or diva.
14.) Stubborn. Resilient is a far better alternative.
15.) Guru. After 2008’s Love Guru, right-minded people carry mistrust for anyone boasting this title.
16.) Tiger Team. Unless you worked with the Thundercats, the title seems disingenuous.
17.) Experienced. Your resume should speak for itself.
18.) Dynamic. This poor phrase needs some rest. Leave it be for a bit.
19.) Effective. The word is highly subjective. One person’s effective could be another’s slacker.
20.) Motivated. Actions speak louder in words in this instance.
21.) Seasoned. The positive veneer of this word has almost entirely been worn off through repeated use.
22.) Ninja. It’s a faux-quirky title that has long since worn out its welcome.
23.) Quick Learner. If you can’t give a quick example, your credibility will be in doubt.
24.) Rock Star. These are the guys who drunkenly trash hotels. Do you want to draw that association?
25.) Responsible. It gets to be redundant if you talk about how you were responsible for things in your responsibility section.
by James Walsh