resumeWriting a resume is an art. People who are looking for jobs neglect the importance of having a sound and to-the-point resume.  When writing a resume, it’s essential to avoid the cliché words because these are the words thathiring managers and recruiters use to see over and over again. To be in the spotlight you need to be DIFFERENT. Although the terms that majority of the interviewees use in their resume seem to be accurate, they don’t make them stand out in the competition.

Therefore, many candidates take writing assistance from experts to make their resumes entirely different from others. However, it’s not something ridiculously difficult. All you need to do is to avoid using some cliché words and you are all set to drop the resume anywhere you want.

So, what are those words thatyou should get rid of when making a resume? I think it’s the right time to break the silence. Here you go:-)

Use Of Adjectives:

Describing yourself with the help of adjectives will be of no use and it doesn’t even affect the resume in any good way. So, to get your resume moved up on the pile, you need to focus on showcasing your skills and expertise, instead of presenting a brief description about yourself using adjectives such as hardworking, dedicated etc.

To explain it in a much better way, David Allocco, a business development operations executive at PeirceGray, Inc. says

“I would avoid the term ‘hard worker’ as its general and something anyone could apply to themselves,” Allocco says. “Instead, highlight actual accomplishments and results you can show off to potential employers. They like seeing data-driven numbers as opposed to general blanket statements.”

Taking Help of Idioms Is Useless:

Idioms are the best way to add significant colors to any informal conversation, but they are not beneficial for the resume and that’s the biggest mistake majority of the candidatesmake in their resumes.

To describe it in an easier way Karen Southhall Watts, who is also the author of “Go Coach Yourself” says “Avoid overused and tired business idioms such as win –win, empowered, best practices, out-of-the-box there are many more; these are perfectly acceptable words, but they’ve been so overused that people are sick of them.”

I think the above statement isenough to describe it well. Therefore, it’s very important to stay away from idioms when writing your resume.


It has been observed in many resumes that when people don’t have any good words to define something in their resume they would simply use emoticons. Ask yourself,“Is that a professional way to present myselfin front of someone when I amnot even physically present there?”

Avoid Mentioning Salary:

Yes, it’s absolutely right! Almost 40% of people use this so called strategy and according to them it’s a legit way to convey a clear message to the interviewer about the desires and expectations. But, do you think it’s really going to be impactful? Well, practically, a BIG NO! Stop mentioning your expected salary in your resume if you have been doing it before. It might stop the employer to even consider you for an interview.

Ending Note:

Majority of the people consider resume as the summary of their expertise and skills but it’s actually not. You need to talk about your technical skills and achievements but through the lens of the company’s expectations.

While wrapping it up it’s important to share a remarkable statement by Lisa Rokusek, a managing partner at AgentHR Recruiting Group. She says “We already know your objectives, instead of telling us about what you want, use this space to tell about you and your experience. Make sure it is relevant to the role you are interested in. Make a thought argument for getting a conversation.”

Author bio:

Ashleigh Everston is a social media trend analyst. She has a pure love for sweet tweets, interesting pins and more. When not roaming around in social channels, she spends her free time with her favorite books and novels.



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