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The Best and Worst Phrases To Use on a Resume

on March 18, 2014


According to a new survey by Career Builder, 68% of hiring managers spend less than two minutes looking at a resume, and 17% spend less than 30 seconds…which is why using keywords is probably more important than you realize. So here are the top ten words and phrases you should and shouldn’t use:

The number one word you should use is “achieved.” 52% of hiring managers said they like to see it on a resume.

Here’s the top ten:

1. Achieved
2. Improved
3. Trained
4. Managed
5. Created
6. Resolved
7. Volunteered
8. Influenced
9. Increased
10. Decreased

The top phrase you shouldn’t use is “best of breed,” which is a dog show term. We’re not sure who would use that on a resume, but 38% of hiring managers said they’d probably reject someone who did. And we don’t blame them.

Here’s the complete list of top ten phrases…

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