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Job Magician Words Not to Use on Your Resume  

  • Lots of purported resume experts recommend that you fill your resume with active adjectives that describe how wonderful you are.
  • Quite simply, that’s crap. No one is going to be impressed by your self-praise. Adolph Hitler could have described himself as a kind and gentle mentor on his resume.
Unsubstantiated self-describing adjectives just waste valuable space, and sound phony. Stick to words that are concrete, and that you can back up with data.


Avoid words and phrases like the following:

Highly Effective
Resourceful
Skilled
Highly Professional
Results-Oriented
Team Player
Excellent Communication Skills
Creative
Innovative
Change Agent
Problem Solver
Decisive
Enthusiastic
Aggressive
Consistent
Organized
Successful

Team Leader & Motivator
Highly Intelligent
Energetic
Knowledgeable
Loyal
Studious
Attentive
Conscientious
Industrious
High Integrity
Entrepreneurial
High-Achieving
Outstanding
Highly Articulate
Persuasive Communicator
Confident
Driven
Impassioned Leader
Thinks Outside of the Box
Determined
Hard Working
Diligent
Talented
Trustworthy
Motivated
Visionary
Reliable
Self-Starter
Creative
Impassioned Leader

Persistent
Dynamic
Energetic
Meticulous
Enterprising
Strategic
Methodical


PS:  If you think I'm getting repetitive on this point, you're right. When the percentage of resumes I receive that don't lead off with this type of twoddle drops under 75%, I'll stop, I promise you. 

PSS:  To see what  you should put in your resume instead of these self-praising words, click HERE to see a resume that will really tell an employer who you are.

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