Resume writing is an art, and like anything else, it takes practice to perfect. One thing is for certain – less is more. It’s instinct for us to try to fit in as much detail as possible to appear attractive on paper, but in reality, all of those “filler” words are taking away from one’s candidacy. The point is to get your background across without the use of all the cliché and elaborate wording we think job managers want to see on a resume. With limited time and space to bottle up years of experience, it is imperative to use the right buzzwords to capture the hiring manager’s attention from the start. In theory, its simple; be direct and forthcoming with your accomplishments and get rid of all the extra jargon.
As a search and staffing firm, our recruiters scan hundreds of resumes a day. Less than 10% of resumes leave our office as they come in, but most of the time, these changes are simple – eliminating excess wording and adding specific figures. According to a study by TheLadders, recruiters spend 6.25 seconds on average looking at an applicant’s resume before making a decision one way or another. How do you make a great first impression on paper in 6.25 seconds? Know your target audience and use the correct buzz words.
Career Builder conducted a survey asking 2,200 HR and staffing professionals what they look for in a resume. The overall findings included – keep it brief, be specific, use numbers, and remember to show how YOU will benefit their company. They also noted that specificity is key. Stay away from generic terms. Don’t just say you’re a “go-getter”, give examples to back up your claims. Don’t simply state that you’re a “driven” individual; tell them how you received a promotion within 6 months and that your sales increased by 40% from the previous year. This proves you’re driven, while highlighting your accomplishments and not leaving the job manager asking for more.
It’s important to constantly adapt and update you resume for specific job and company requirements. Ready to clean up your resume? Check out these key terms to both use and avoid, as well as additional resources/articles below.
BEST RESUME TERMS TO USE:
- Under Budget
WORST RESUME TERMS TO USE:
- Detail Oriented
- Best of Breed
- Think Outside the Box
- Go-to person
- Team Player
- Hard Worker
- Strategic thinker
What Your Resume Should Look Lke in 2016: http://time.com/money/4171054/resume-tips-advice/\
Add the ‘Wow’ Factor to Your Resume: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-passage/the-4-best-ways-to-add-th_b_9303404.html
Resume Words to Avoid: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/useless-resume-words-make-recruiters-roll-eyes-sean-pomeroy