Writing a résumé for the first time can be a huge deal. It is not easy trying to squeeze in all your qualifications and credentials in one tiny sheet of paper.
Résumés are a reflection, and while one might think they are doing themselves a favor by adding in some of these phrases, the truth is these additions could just be killing their chances.
Here are the top five phrases not to have in a résumé.
1. Result-oriented: Entering the workplace means that one is already "result-oriented." That phrase probably will not help make a person stand out on the page. It is an obvious requirement and cannot be viewed as an edge.
2. Work well with all staff levels: To employers, this phrase might translate to "even if they have lower positions, I will be nice to them." It does not make sense to include this because an employee is expected to treat everyone with respect regardless of their position and title, so scratch that.
3. Detail-oriented: Employees need to be detail-oriented in any job they take up. It does not just have to be with a job including numbers or reading, which means including this detail in a resume is not doing much.
4. Bottom-line oriented: The bottom line in most firm is to make profit, but employers want to see that a worker takes part in the job for more than just the pay. If one states in their resume that they are "bottom-line oriented," they might as well say, "I don’t care much for the work, I just want to see the end result."
5. Self-motivated: This term could come off as a typical buzzword that sounds quite cliché. As opposed to using it, it might be better to try to describe something that illustrates a sense of self-motivation, using words such as "influenced," "created" and "increased."
Writing résumés is not the manual, monotonous process it used to be, and there is not a limited set of words to stick to when writing one.
Employers want applications to describe who a person really is and elaborate when it comes to their achievements and ambitions.
So, it is best to make sure not to take the road most traveled by and, instead, show one's qualifications, not just list them.
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