How is your job search going? By now you must have realised that your resume is an important and integral part that can give you an edge over your competitors or ruin your chances of landing your dream job. In the 10 – 20 second bracket that you get, you need to ensure that you make all the right impressions with your resume. However, there are certain words that can seriously hamper your chances. So, here are some important resume tips on words to avoid to ensure that you get a call back from the recruiter.
Overuse of articles
Of course, articles make your words more attractive, they lend a certain musicality to it. However, an overuse of articles (a, an, the) can clutter your resume more than you or the recruiter would like.
In most cases, you can avoid the use of articles and make your sentences shorter and crisper. Instead of writing something like…
“Developed a new system for the R & D department.”
Write, “Developed new system for R & D department.”
This will visually declutter your resume and there will be more space for you to say more things or just the necessary whitespaces necessary to make your resume look more pleasing.
Pronouns look very unattractive on your resume, and standard resume tips say that you should avoid pronouns at all cost. Use the first-person voice, but don’t prefix it with an “I“. Instead of saying…
“I handled the social media channels for the company.”
Say, “Handled social media channels for the company.”
Furthermore, avoid pronouns like “he“, “she” or “we” and your resume will look all the better for it.
The idea of your resume to say a lot in a few words. So, while your resume should be grammatically correct, you can make use of your skills with flowery language sometime later.
Instead of “in addition to this” simply say “and”. Use your words sparingly and only to convey the meaning you want to convey. While many words might sound pleasing to the ear, when a resume is being skimmed through, the recruiter is looking at how quantified the information is and not how beautiful the language is.
Falling for generalities
Don’t give a generalised tone to your resume. Avoid unspecific words such as “many“, “very“, “highly“. Identify specifics and let your resume deal with very precise information that will make your credibility shine as a candidate. Instead of saying “I wrote a lot of articles for so and so company.”
Say. “I wrote over 200 articles for so and so company.”
Don’t just say you contributed to the profit or you helped the company bag a deal. Specify the profit if you can and don’t forget to mention the specific deal you helped the company bag.