Top 10 Cliches That Have No Place on Your Resume

Worst words that are turn-offs for prospective employers

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Resumes are pretty standard in terms of the job search process, and there have been many articles and experts touting the do’s and don’ts for a resume that stands out from the pack.

As with anything, when it comes to job seeking, the more resources of what not to do, the better. A recent Careerbuilder survey offers just that, giving insight directly from hiring managers on the top cliches that will lead them to be more likely to give a resume the boot. Check out the top 10:

1. Best of breed: 38%

2. Go-getter: 27%

3. Think outside of the box: 26%

4. Synergy: 22%

5. Go-to person: 22%

6. Thought leadership: 16%

7. Value add: 16%

8. Results-driven: 16%

9. Team player: 15%

10. Bottom-line: 14%

Preferred words to use:

1. Achieved: 52%

2. Improved: 48%

3. Trained/Mentored: 47%

4. Managed: 44%

5. Created: 43%

6. Resolved: 40%

7. Volunteered: 35%

8. Influenced: 29%

9. Increased/Decreased: 28%

10. Ideas: 27%

 

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