4 Overused Words You Should Remove From Your Resume


Do you think your resume is unique?  Think really hard before you answer this question.  If you are using words such as “creative”, “passionate”, “driven” or “motivated”, than you may not be as unique as you think.  According to a LinkedIn survey these words are the most common words used in people’s profiles.  Now picture how boring it must be for a recruiter sifting through all of those resumes that look the same.  The obvious thing is to stand out from the pile so we are sharing the words you should try to stay clear off.

Toss these 4 overused words from your resume .

1.  Results Oriented

Do you use this word on your resume?  If so, than what exactly do you mean when you say that you are results oriented.  I was once recruiting for a manager opportunity and out of 50 resumes that I screened 45 of them used the word results oriented with nothing on the resume to back it up.  As a human resources professional I am looking for tangible things such as project results.

2.  Responsible For

When I see the word responsible on a resume it seems like something that was cut and pasted from a job description.  Avoid those passive phrases and instead replace with a descriptive action verb.  Recruiters are looking for words like

  • Planned and executed XYZ
  • Facilitated and delivered XYZ
  • Managed and staffed XYZ

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3.  Excellent written and oral communication

This is one of my favourites especially when you receive a resume that is filled with grammar and spelling errors.  Your cover letter and resume is part of that test to prove these skills.  It is important to articulate clearly why you are qualified and remember to take that extra few minutes to spell check.

4.  Creative

The question you should be asking yourself is how do you show that you are creative.  I use to be guilty of using this buzz word on my resume until I started reading job descriptions from Shopify.  Now tell me after reading these cool job descriptions, creative or not.

Remember your resume is part of the foundation for getting an interview and hopefully landing that dream job you have wished for. Remove those fillers, and back it up with facts. Remember you want to be on top of the pile and have  the recruiter excited to call!

Nneka is the Creative Director and Founder of Raggs & Rattle Style. She has been a Runway Team Lead for Toronto Fashion Week and has been offered opportunities to work with New York Fashion Week. She loves scouting new creative talent and showcasing their work.

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