By Ginger Robitaille, PHR
COO & HR Generalist, Turning the Corner, LLC


Your resume is your main ticket to getting hired.
It sets the first impression — ALWAYS. It is important that you tailor your resume to the job posting and make sure you are relevant. Turn those job descriptions into accomplishments that showcase your skills. Pooling together your personal, educational background, and accomplishments may be easy but there could still be a flaw to your resume — that is, there are words that shouldn’t even be there in the first place. Think twice about using these words on your resume!

1. Highly qualified
This one brags too much about what you can offer to the company. It also sets high expectations on you. Failing to deliver especially during the interview will just turn your prospective employers off.

2. Objective
You don’t have to write this in your resume as you are already clarifying the position you are applying for. The word also suggests that you are after what you could get from the position, and not from what you can do for the company. Instead, focus on your skills, accomplishments, and qualities.

3. Team player
On the whole, every employee needs and is expected to be a team player. Besides, it leaves room for a lot of interpretation. What kind of team player are you? How much hard work are you willing to provide? Be specific with your qualities.

5. Go-getter
The problem with this word is that you sound too ambitious for the employer’s taste. It’s cliché, too. Use strong words and vivid adjectives to describe yourself.

6. Awesome
This doesn’t sound professional and is not appropriate in formal documents such as resumes and cover letters.

7. Principled
In contrast, this one sounds rigid, as if you’re going to be the next president of the company. Unless you’re applying for that position — and even if you were, it’s still not advisable — skip the drama and authority issue.

8. Proactive
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean much to a company unless you specify those things or qualities that make you proactive. Employers would be interested in what you can do, not in what you are or think yourself to be.

9. Gifted
No, this isn’t a talent show. You don’t have to say how talented you are.

10. Star
No, this is not a celebrity show either.

11. Unconventional
This word will only make you look every inch the rule-breaker.

14. Best of breed
Not only does this make you look like some sort of animal trained for a special position, but it also sounds vague. You want to come across as a unique individual.

15. Seasoned
You seem old and could be “over-qualified” for the job you are applying for.

16. Ambitious
It gives creepy vibes as to what kind of employee you are. It might even scare your potential employer off.

17. Proficiency in MS Office applications
This one is basic. Above everything else, you SHOULD know how to type documents, use spreadsheets, and prepare PowerPoint presentations. All kids study this in junior year.

18. Punctual
Unless you are so sure that you could turn in documents ahead of time and show up for work on time every day, putting this in your resume is a bad idea.

19. People person
It is healthy to socialize with your colleagues, so what exactly do you do when you’re a people person? Gossip mongers are also people persons. Noisy and boisterous employees who like to chat with their co-workers are also “people persons.”

20. I
There’s no sense in referring to yourself in the first person. It is your resume, after all.

Your resume gets one chance to make a first impression. Be concise, convincing, and use these tips to help you get the interview!

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