Words to Include & Avoid in Your Resume
Words Every Resume Should Include
Soft skills, like communications skills, conflict resolution skills, customer service skills, are becoming more important in the workplace. In a recent survey by two University of Massachusetts economists, 86% of employers considered soft skills to be among their most important hiring criteria.
Consider adding bullet points that discuss your Teamwork or Team Leadership skills, your self-motivation, your conflict resolutions skills, or customer service skills.
10 Powerful Words for Resumes
Words to Avoid In Your Resume
- Cross-functional teams
- Superior (or excellent) communication skills
- Strong work ethic
- Met or exceeded expectations
- Proven track record
- Works well with all levels of staff
- Team player
- Bottom-line orientation
- Assist, Contribute and Support – These words say that you helped, but didn’t lead initiatives.
- Successfully – You don’t need to words like “successfully” or “effectively” to show an employer you’re a good worker; your experience will speak for itself.
- Responsible For – The phrase “responsible for” can make your resume feel like a laundry list. Instead of just listing your responsibilities, try to stress your accomplishments.
- Interface – Keep your language simple. Instead of “interface,” say “work.” Instead of “impact,” say “affect.” Instead of “utilize,” say “use.”
Additional Tip: Avoid confusing jargon or extra words that don’t say anything.