Best and worst words for your resume

WHEN writing a resume, be careful with your words.

A new study from CareerBuilder revealed that 68 per cent of hiring managers spend less than two minutes reviewing each resume they receive, while 17 per cent spend less than 30 seconds reading each submission. With so little time to capture interest, a candidate’s word choice can make all the difference. When evaluating how a resume is written, those surveyed said they like seeing some words, while others that are an immediate turn off.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said those in charge of hiring prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments.

“Subjective terms and cliches are seen as negative because they don’t convey real information,” Haefner said. “For instance, don’t say you are ‘results driven.’ Show the employer your actual results.”

To help job candidates, the surveyed hiring managers identified the resume terms they think are overused or cliche, and which terms are strong additions.

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