Resume can be one of the most critical factors when it comes to deciding your fate in an organization or a career objective. You are in for trouble if your resume does not stand out of the crowd and it looks like another copy of the hundreds piled up previously for trash. There are a lot of words that are overused in a resume which have the employers cringing away.
According to LinkedIn, there are a lot of words that have been overused globally. They issue annual buzzwords to support their claim. If your resume includes any of the following words, you need to stop today:
You wouldn’t be applying for the job if you weren’t motivated. Motivated is a psychological term which drives you to do something. Even if you are driven for the need of money, you are still motivated; there is no need to mention it in the resume.
Passionate generally means something you deeply care about. Now,“passionate” has become the most overused word globally. If you mention in your resume that you have been passionate about something since childhood, your employer will not believe you. You might have been interested but passionate is hard to believe.
If you are working in a firm and you come up with completely original ideas that do not exist anywhere, you might be considered creative. However, if you just pick up an idea just because no one else has thought of it, you’re resourceful, not creative.
Driven is just another term for motivated. Employers see a lot of “results-driven” on the resumes these days. Driven only describes how you are running after something without a genuine purpose, and they do not need that anymore. Give them something they are looking for to leave a strong impact on the recruiting team.
- Extensive Experience
Do you know what counts as an extensive experience? Multiple degrees and more than ten years reserved to a single organization. Just because you have been working on something for less than five years, you might have some experience but not extensive enough. So, unless you have what it really takes to claim having an “extensive experience”, avoid using these words altogether.
This word has been so overused, there are several articles written about avoiding it altogether. “Responsible” only shows the task that you were handed to finish. It does not discuss how you did it and if you achieved something out of it. The employers would rather see some factual details than your responsibilities.
- Track Record
Once again, using “track-record” in resume is vague. Your employer does not see what record you obtained; all they see is a phrase. Try to use “maintained a consistent record of 45% sales” or similar instead.
The word organizational means related to an organization. While no one knows why people use it so frequently in their resume, it is a word that is completely irrelevant. Try replacing it with “organized” instead.
Even experts do not call themselves “expert” when it comes to describing themselves. Nobody is an expert; we’re all learners. Instead of calling yourself expert, you can call yourself highly qualified. The word “expert” only shows that you believe you have learned everything there was to learn, which cannot possibly be true or practical.
While it is impossible to remove the words discussed above completely from your resume, you need to strategically place them so that your employer does not view your resume negatively. Your goal of the resume should be to include as many facts and reduce as much ambiguity as possible.