Are you overusing “buzzwords” on your resume?

 In Blog, Staffing

Some of the “power” words used on resumes have lost their power. Your resume can work on your behalf and in your favor or it can set you back. Check out this excerpt from an article in the Dallas Business Journal and see if you need to revamp your resume.

 

“Job seekers are overusing buzzwords and tired descriptors in the hope that they will magically get the attention of their audience.

I see them on résumés, hear them in networking meetings and interviews, and spot them in the all-important summary section on LinkedIn.

Career clichés are boring, uninspiring, and a turn-off.

Have you used any of the words on this list lately?

    • Team player
    • Results-driven
    • Fire-in-the-belly
    • Excellent leadership skills
    • Great organizational skills
    • Works well autonomously
    • Self-starter
    • Ability to prioritize
    • Customer focused

The words themselves are not the problem — the problem is that they have no value when used alone. Comments like these in résumés are empty. They have no meaning, no credibility.

I have seen as many as 20 or more of these kinds of words listed at the top of a resume — in a candidate’s executive summary. It’s a waste of real estate on the page and can quickly get you tossed into the “no” pile.”

 

You can read the full article here: Career Mojo: Stop using these words on your resume!

 

Recommended Posts
Showing 11 comments
  • medicare solutions
    Reply

    thanks for the post, I’ll be sharing for sure

  • looky
    Reply

    Good points

  • Julian Cohen
    Reply

    I work in the HR department, and I remember, I saw this resume and there were several keywords that has been more than overused. They repeated the same word 6 times in the entire resume. Didn’t even bother to change it up.

  • brendabellamy89
    Reply

    Good Post.Very informative,and thanks.

  • winterjacketseshop
    Reply

    It is a very informative and useful post thanks it is good material to read this post increases my knowledge.

  • runningwearshop
    Reply

    Well I truly liked studying it. This subject procured by you is very helpful for good planning.

  • downcoatseshop
    Reply

    I resembling to point with regard to your amazing opening post.

  • minxxy
    Reply

    This post is really useful it helps me further. I’m glad to see that people’s are really sharing this type of knowledge.

  • soldesrunningfrance
    Reply

    This is more enlightening than other media, I truly like after your online journal as the articles are so easy to peruse I can see that you are genuinely enthusiastic about this!

  • skotilbuddk
    Reply

    Effectively composed data. It will be advantageous to anyone who uses it, including me. Keep doing awesome.

  • zapatosrunes
    Reply

    I appreciate you and hoping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us.

Leave a Comment

Start typing and press Enter to search

Submit a Resume