Writing a resume is arguably the most stress-inducing part of the job application process. You only have space to prove to a hiring manager why they should hire you. As a result, every single word and properly placed comma matters. Unfortunately, especially if you’ve churned out dozens of resumes in a heated job search, our resume language can get a bit outrageous. These eight cringeworthy phrases are commonly used on job applications — even if everyone in HR hates them — because they’re just such great fillers. If you’ve got any on your application, it’s time to take them out ASAP.
- “A proven track record of…”
This phrase is cringeworthy because it spells out something that should be exemplified in your application. Instead of spelling out that you have a record of doing awesome things, skip the intro and get right into concrete examples.
- “Responsible for…”
Just like the phrase “a proven track record of…,” “responsible for” should be cut for language with substance. As great writers say: Show, don’t tell.
- “With a passion for…”
Everyone is passionate about their field of work — or they at least pretend to be in their application. Come up for a better reason for what you do than pure passion. Connect your field to your past, your life’s ambitions or your skills rather than sticking to that passion stuff.
If you’re a successful professional, you are goal-oriented. Period. Being able to work towards a goal is like being able to work towards a deadline: It’s the bare minimum. Instead of describing yourself as goal-oriented, find a more descriptive term for your work style.
- “Team player”
Like being goal-oriented, being a team player is a given. No one is going to write that they are a total jerk on their resume, so you shouldn’t write that you’re a good team member, either. Your references and past experiences speak for themselves on this front. Dedicate your resume space to discussing your objective achievements instead.
The same goes for detail-oriented. Rather than describing yourself with this boring phrase, exemplify this characteristic in the work examples you provide. And make sure you’re really perceived as detail-oriented by proofreading your resume.
Business buzzwords like “synergy” are often misused. And even if they aren’t, they’re often misinterpreted. Stick to plain terms when describing your accomplishments. A down-to-earth read goes a long way.
- “Excellent communication skills”
This phrase is so general that no one could possibly deduce anything about you from it. Instead of describing yourself as an excellent communicator — something many, many people would say about themselves — list specific skillsets you have around communication. Or, just nail your cover letter and that will say enough.
Source: www.theladders.com/career-advice/8-cringeworthy-phrases-that-are-ruining-your-resume. Reproduced for educational purposes.