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Words That Could Be Killing Your Job Search

02/16/2017 at 12:01 | Posted by Phil Harris
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You probably remember this childhood saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That’s not exactly true, is it? Words can certainly hurt you, especially if they’re the wrong words and they happen to be on your resume.

If you’re currently in searching for a job, you might want to take a close look at your resume before sending it out again. According to employment website Glassdoor, there is a slew of hackneyed words and phrases that can do more harm than good as you try to make that critical positive first impression.

Describing yourself as “hardworking” or “results-oriented” is simply trite. Who wouldn’t say that about themselves when applying or interviewing for a job? You need to think of more creative and thoughtful ways to set yourself apart from the herd.

Glassdoor also suggests avoiding trendy or overused corporate lingo on a resume. If the words “synergy,” “wheelhouse,” “rock star,” or “ninja” appear anywhere on yours, ditch them now.

One of the resume fouls I have been guilty of committing in the past is use of the phrase “References available upon request.” It’s unnecessary to communicate this to a prospective employer. If they want to know more about you, they’ll ask for references. And I now realize that listing Microsoft Office as one of my technical skills is so twenty years ago. In 2017, hiring managers assume you can open Word and create a document. After all, you did send them your resume.

If you absolutely cannot divorce yourself from certain words or phrases, at least be absolutely sure that you spelled them correctly. Spelling counts. Always. To see the complete list of words Glassdoor suggests that you should scrub from your resume immediately before applying for another job, CLICK HERE.

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