4 Overused Words You Should Remove from Your Resume

Combined with your cover letter and application form, your resume is your first chance to get the attention of a prospective employer.

Simply put: If your resume doesn’t stand out, it’ll quickly be tossed aside with the rest of the run-of-the-mill applications.

If your resume is full of platitudes like the ones in this article, the most you’ll get out of a potential employer is a sigh and a yawn. So here’s fair warning: avoid using the following at all costs.


“Motivated”

Of course you’re motivated. So is everyone else who applied for the job.Or, at least, everyone will say they are.

The problem with saying you’re motivated is it’s a fleeting feeling. Every January millions of people are motivated to hit the gym, but by February most of them slide back into complacency.

If you really are motivated, you don’t have to say it – it will show through your past accomplishments (which should be plain to see on your resume).

“Experienced”

If you are experienced, show it by listing your past work and educational history.

If there’s not much in your resume to differentiate you from the next average Joe, your prospective employer will likely take your claim of being “experienced” with a grain of salt.

And, if you do get lucky enough to be called in for an interview, your experience – or lack thereof – will immediately be apparent to your interviewer.

“Creative”

Is there any less creative way to let someone know you’re creative than to say, “I am creative”?

If it does exist, your creativity will shine through in the way you craft your resume and cover letter. Your creativity is what will catch your prospective employer’s eye before he even has a chance to read what you’ve written.

If your resume looks like all the rest in the pile, saying “I’m creative” is essentially saying “I have no self-awareness.”

“Successful”

The problem with claiming you’re successful is what do you even mean by that? Success is a relative term with a subjective definition.

Are you successful because you graduated college? Or you finished in the top five percent of your class?

When you say you “successfully” completed a project in your past place of employment, do you simply mean you got it done? Or did your work lead to increased revenue or productivity?

As with saying you’re “experienced,” rather than claiming to be successful, show what you’ve accomplished in your past – and let your interviewer decide if you’ve earned the right to be deemed “successful.”

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