Avoid These Phrases to Keep Your Resume Relevant

By Jason Fitzpatrick, Lifehacker

Resume writing is an infrequently used skill, and one with which most of us will take all the help we can get. Keep your resume from ending up in the bowels of a corporate shredder by avoiding these phrases.

The last thing you want to appear like to your future employer is a resume-writing drone — unless of course that's your target market. At The Savvy Networker blog, they assembled a list of the worst canned phrases in resume building:

  • Results-oriented professional
  • Cross-functional teams
  • More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience
  • Superior (or excellent) communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Met or exceeded expectations
  • Proven track record of success
  • Works well with all levels of staff
  • Team player
  • Bottom-line orientation


What approach would they suggest you use? As the trend shifts away from bullet-based soundbite resumes it will be more important to write your resume to sound less like a ticker tape and more like you're actually describing the work you do.

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