Avoid Overused Words on Your Resume |

To some extent, it makes sense to focus on descriptive keywords and phrases in your resume. After all, potential employers are looking for outstanding personalities who understand and emulate the best business practices of the day.

Be careful not to include too much jargon and trendy hyperbole, though, or your app might end up looking flat or contrived. These materials still need to sell you as an individual and your accomplishments. You can’t do this if you rely too much on the narrow vocabulary of Business 101 or the descriptions of Shakespeare. Here are some ways to tweak the language of your resumes.

Use Common WordsEven those applying to become instructors in creative writing programs should avoid excessive use of adjectives, flowery words, and terms that are not in common usage. For example, don’t call yourself “family-centered practitioner” just because that sounds more impressive than “therapist”; it might end up being more confusing. Your CV is intended to highlight your professional activity – not your skills with a synonym – so that hiring managers can determine if you are a good candidate for their company. Remember that a potential new boss won’t release a dictionary if he’s blocked; they will move on to the next resume. Include tangible accomplishments like solving a problem at work or earning an award or professional certification. Tell your story through the actions you’ve taken at work.

Don’t Get TechnicalThe business world, in particular, tends to buy into certain buzzwords, but what if they start to lose their meaning? “Synergy” and “detail-oriented” have become so overused that they don’t really have much value on a resume anymore. At the same time, peppering your application with technical jargon and unexplained abbreviations can make it unintelligible to a hiring manager.

These terms can vary from industry to industry, state to state, or even company to company. The best resume writing is actually translating these things into digestible concepts. So, write concisely and easily understandable.

Use exact numbers where possible; it helps to put your accomplishments into concrete perspective.

The goal is to tell a brief and engaging version of your professional life story, emphasizing the skills you would bring to their company. So rather than saying that you always think outside the box, give a specific example of your creativity at work. This will stick with a potential employer for much longer.

Proof, Proof, Proof Proofreading your CV will help you discern whether the language flows naturally and intelligibly. If you’re still unsure of a specific passage, read it aloud. You’ll hear instantly when something feels clunky, overwritten, or too rooted in industry idioms.

Unfortunately, many potential employees never make it past the first read of a hiring manager’s resume due to issues like these with their applications. Put yourself in their shoes, repeat your own words, and then be proactive in making the necessary changes. Isn’t that what a “seasoned” job seeker who “achieves and exceeds their goals” would do?

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