I still remember my shock at seeing clichés similar to “I can work on my own initiative as well as part of a team” in 19 out of 20 applications I had received for the first role I was recruiting for when I started my recruitment career 10 years ago.

Even now, I often receive resumes with phrases such as “Self-motivated team player,” “responsible,” or “innovative.” If your resume if full of these mundane and boring phrases (with no examples to back them up with!) it is going to be difficult for you to stand out or for recruiters to really see your value proposition.

It is not that certain ‘power words’ can’t be used on your resume. But you want to use them effectively so that you don’t sound like everyone else.

Find out how to prove your value on a resume or on your LinkedIn profile in my article here




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