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The 17 Worst Things To Say On Your Resume

on March 18, 2014

Mihran Kalaydjian's Official Blog

By Mihran Kalaydjian, CHA

Consultant, Strategist, and Writer

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“I’m a real go-getter who always thinks outside the box, demonstrates thought leadership and proactively motivates myself!” If this sentence made you cringe, you’re not alone. These phrases come from the new CareerBuilder survey on the best and worst resume terms.

They surveyed 2,201 hiring managers and HR people in order to come up with the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

The Worst Resume Terms

  1. Best of breed: 38%
  2. Go-getter: 27%
  3. Think outside of the box: 26%
  4. Synergy: 22%
  5. Go-to person: 22%
  6. Thought leadership: 16%
  7. Value add: 16%
  8. Results-driven: 16%
  9. Team player: 15%
  10. Bottom-line: 14%
  11. Hard worker: 13%
  12. Strategic thinker: 12%
  13. Dynamic: 12%
  14. Self-motivated: 12%
  15. Detail-oriented: 11%
  16. Proactively: 11%
  17. Track record: 10%

The Best Resume Terms

  1. Achieved: 52%
  2. Trained/Mentored: 47%
  3. Managed: 44%
  4. Created: 43%
  5. Resolved: 40%
  6. Volunteered: 35%
  7. Influenced: 29%
  8. Increased/Decreased: 28%
  9. Ideas: 27%
  10. Negotiated: 25%
  11. Launched: 24%

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