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50 Words That Can Ruin Your Resume ...

By Sonya

When you are looking to change your career, get a promotion, or simply move to a better job, you need to re-write or update your resume. A recent study shows that there some ‘buzzwords’ which send a clear message to employers that you aren’t original, and rather are just like everyone else.

Experts have said that if you want your resume to be different, make it relevant to you, with real-life examples, rather than generic statements about you as a worker.

Here are the buzzwords most disliked by recruiting managers ... definitely, words not to use on your resume if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Table of contents:

  1. Exceptional organizational skills
  2. Innovative
  3. Proven track record of success
  4. Leadership skills
  5. Managed cross-functional teams
  6. Responsible for
  7. Results-oriented professional
  8. Go-to person
  9. Experienced
  10. Goal-oriented
  11. Dynamic
  12. Top-flight
  13. Flexible
  14. Strong negotiation skills
  15. Savvy business professional
  16. Self-starter
  17. Strong work ethic
  18. Proven ability
  19. Strong presentation skills
  20. People-person
  21. Skilled problem solver
  22. Multi-tasker
  23. Works well with customers
  24. Detailed-oriented
  25. Assisted with
  26. Perfectionist
  27. Bottom-line focused
  28. Team player
  29. Out-of-the-box thinker
  30. Proactive
  31. Works well under pressure
  32. Seasoned professional
  33. Works well with all levels of staff
  34. Bottom-line orientated
  35. Highly skilled
  36. Looking for a challenging opportunity
  37. Actions encompassed
  38. Trustworthy
  39. Accustomed to fast-paced environments
  40. Best-in-class
  41. Motivated
  42. Cutting-edge
  43. Strategic thinker
  44. Functioned as
  45. Duties included
  46. Results-focused
  47. Partnered with others
  48. Quick learner
  49. Met (or exceeded) expectations
  50. Excellent communication skills

1 Exceptional Organizational Skills

2 Innovative

3 Proven Track Record of Success

4 Leadership Skills

5 Managed Cross-functional Teams

6 Responsible for

7 Results-oriented Professional

8 Go-to Person

9 Experienced

10 Goal-oriented

11 Dynamic

12 Top-flight

13 Flexible

14 Strong Negotiation Skills

15 Savvy Business Professional

16 Self-starter

17 Strong Work Ethic

18 Proven Ability

19 Strong Presentation Skills

20 People-person

21 Skilled Problem Solver

22 Multi-tasker

23 Works Well with Customers

24 Detailed-oriented

25 Assisted with

26 Perfectionist

27 Bottom-line Focused

28 Team Player

29 Out-of-the-box Thinker

30 Proactive

31 Works Well under Pressure

32 Seasoned Professional

33 Works Well with All Levels of Staff

34 Bottom-line Orientated

35 Highly Skilled

36 Looking for a Challenging Opportunity

37 Actions Encompassed

38 Trustworthy

39 Accustomed to Fast-paced Environments

40 Best-in-class

41 Motivated

42 Cutting-edge

43 Strategic Thinker

44 Functioned as

45 Duties Included

46 Results-focused

47 Partnered with Others

48 Quick Learner

49 Met (or Exceeded) Expectations

50 Excellent Communication Skills

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