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Words Not to Use on Your Resume

Words That Should Never Appear on Your Resume

Most of us have presented several drafts of resumes over the years, beginning with our glamorous first jobs and interning experiences, and constantly evolving during our tour of the workplace trenches. Writing resumes is somewhat of an art form, and if you've been the author of your own resume then you've undoubtedly come across lists of attention-grabbing action words. Maybe you're thinking that if everyone is using the same list, then how are you ever going to stand out in the eyes of an employer? Don't go there, at least not by abusing your thesaurus. Let your experience speak for itself (with the help of those action words) and see my list of words that should never appear on a resume when you

  • Fantastic, splendid, amazing, phenomenal, awesome, cool, spectacular, etc: Stick to the facts and save your enthusiasm for the interview — your interviewer will determine how amazing your computer skills are or if your phenomenal presence is worthy of a job offer.
  • Hate, love, joy, happiness, despise, abhor, pleasure: Avoid using any words that are meant to convey your feelings about a job function. If you get the interview, they might ask you what you liked best or least about a particular job, but don't jump the gun on your resume.
  • Hot, attractive, bombshell, gorgeous, beautiful, all-natural: Unless you're applying for a position with the Emperor's Club, your resume isn't an appropriate forum for your looks no matter how proud you are of what stares back at you in the mirror.
  • Liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, monotheistic, polytheistic, atheist, agnostic, etc: You get the gist — your resume, and for that matter the job interview, is no place for showcasing politics or religion. Resumes are about facts, not distracting opinions or unrelated personal details.
  • Healthy, strong immune system, flu magnet, terminally ill, food allergies: Providing health facts isn't just too much information, it's information that your employer has no business knowing. Employers can ask if you have any issues that would prevent you from performing your job function, but even those details don't belong on a professional resume.
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