It's happened to all of us. Looking for that job. Sometimes it seems like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. First impressions are everything. If the hiring manager only has a short time to check out your abilities and experience. You need to be set up for success and that's where a great resume comes in. There are many resources out there when it comes to making a good resume. Using the right words is a must. But, which words should you avoid when developing your resume. Take a look below to see if you've used any of these.

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Business Lingo

The experts say overused business mumbo jumbo can make a weak resume. It's best to use clear, plain language to relay your talents. Some words to leave off include:

  • Wheelhouse
  • Bottom line
  • Synergy
  • Move the needle
  • Ecosystem
  • Buy-in
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Markus Winkler/Unsplash

Phrases of Self-Promotion

While it's a good thing that your resume showcases your skills, using broad terms can be a no-go. Phrases like "go-getter" are too general, overused, and do not prove how you'd bring value to the company. Instead, try using an instance of when you were a go-getter. More self-promotional phrases to nix out of your resume include:

  • Self-starter
  • Go-to person
  • Think outside the box
  • Smart
  • Proactive
  • Best of breed
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Photo: Green Chameleon/Unsplash


There are some words you should just leave out because they don't add any new information. There's not much time or space to convince a potential employer you're the right person for the gig. Instead, try using action phrases that demonstrate your point. Managers already expect certain abilities without seeing them on your resume.  Here are some examples:

  • People person
  • Hard worker
  • Team player
  • Self-Motivated

When it comes to the hiring process, from the resume to the final interview, managers want to be able to understand your specific abilities and what you'll offer the company. Your first contact with employers is most likely your resume. So, in place of vague and overused phrases, try some of the hints above.


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