There are some buzzwords that seem to express just what we want to convey to the recruiters, but what we are missing here is that these buzzwords come across empty; without the meaning that we intended. Therefore, we are at least wasting valuable resume space and taking the chance that those buzzwords are causing harm to our chances of getting an interview.

Below are some of the buzzwords that might be most damaging to your resume.

Hard worker:
We think this says: “I’m willing to work long hours”. This is just stating that you will work the hours that are needed. It would be better to state an example, such as, “Worked long hours during staff shortage”.

Creative, outside the box, innovative:
To us, this says that we come up with good ideas. The recruiters will be thinking “show me!”. So, explain one or two great ideas that you came up with and how you implemented them.

Excellent communicator:
We think this says “I know how to talk to people and listen to them”. Recruiters are thinking “He likes to burn time chatting”. So instead state that you “listened to customers” and “explained policies”.

Responsible:
You may think this buzzword says that you can be depended on. Recruiters will just roll their eyes. Therefore, tell them where you were responsible, such as, “Managed the budget” or “Directed floor traffic”.

Expert:
You think this says that you are “one of the best”. This is nothing more than a brag. Instead of saying that you are an expert at something, demonstrate your expertise with accomplishments, such as:

  • “Published 10 articles in industry magazines.”
  • “Delivered keynote address at three industry conferences.”
  • “Gave a talk at 2017 Security Conference.”

 

Familiar with:
Another vague phrase that will not help you to get an interview. Instead, be specific: “Repaired Apple computers to the board level for three years” or “used Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a daily basis”.

 

Ten Action Verbs That Will Help Your Resume:

  1. Accelerated
  2. Achieved
  3. Added
  4. Awarded
  5. Changed
  6. Contributed
  7. Decreased
  8. Delivered
  9. Eliminated
  10. Exceeded

 

 

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We polled some of the busiest recruiters in major cities and one of the questions that we asked is ‘What is most popular or common resume format?’

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For example, Learning Machine is a start-up that is putting diplomas from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on the blockchain. The significance is not just instant electronic delivery, it’s that data on the blockchain can not be altered or tampered with; you can’t fake the level or the year of your degree! (more…)

 

As unbelievable as that headline sounds, it’s true according to the mental
health organization called ‘Mind’. Over 44,000 workers were surveyed and of
those that claimed mental health problems at work, only 50% had spoken to their
employer about it.

That is not too surprising since most people would be reluctant to admit what might
be considered a weakness to their boss. Experts say that fear, shame and job insecurity
are the main factors for employees not talking to their employer about their issues.

According to Mind, every year about 300,000 people lose their job due to mental
health issues, such as, stress, anxiety, depression, or overall low mood.

The good news is that there is help and awareness of mental health in the job place
is getting more exposure. Even Prince William has recently opened up about mental health,
and is launching a website to address the issue: Mental Health at Work.

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