6 Words and Statements That Can Ruin Your Professional Resume

professional resumeAmong all the hiring related application materials, the professional resume continues to play an immensely crucial role.

And yet statistics show that today, average employers spend only a few seconds looking at resumes. Which makes it imperative to make your resume an impressive one. After all, in many cases your professional resume is your one chance to grab an employer’s attention. And far too many of us fail that important test.

The reason most resumes end up in the rejected file? Using the wrong words.

Here, we’ve jotted down 6 such words that will ruin your professional resume.

1. Hard Worker

Anyone can say that they are a hard worker but that doesn’t make the phrase eligible to be its own heading. Instead, you should provide concrete examples of situations that you’ve handled much more efficiently than others. While it’s true that a company is less likely to hire you if you’re not a hard worker, mentioning that in your professional resume won’t convince the employer unless you provide solid evidence.

2. Responsible For

‘Responsible for’ is a completely superfluous phrase, much like ‘duties included.’ It simply complicates and hides your actual potential. For instance, don’t use something like “I was responsible for handling manpower.” Instead, you should provide the actual details like “I trained 30 sales personnel in a week.” Describe yourself concisely, directly and write active verbs to demonstrate your achievements.

3. Team Player

Think of it like this, how many jobs are there in the world that allow you to work completely alone? If you get selected, you’ll have to work with someone, at the least. Therefore, using this word won’t make your professional resume stand out. Rather, you should mention clearly what role you’ve played on your earlier teams and how you saved your organizations’ resources, money and time when working on a tough project in association with others. Remember that hiring managers want to see your track record to actually understand your capability.

4. Highly Qualified

We know that you’re highly qualified but does it really merit a mention to get the job? In reality, it simply leaves a negative impression about you. By using ‘highly qualified,’ you’re actually telling the hiring managers that you’re a little silly. Again, your achievements and work experience should do the talking. The references provided by you are adequate to demonstrate your qualification. Therefore, let the hiring managers talk about your qualifications while you focus solely on establishing the value you could add to the company if selected.

5.  Salary Negotiable

Writing this on your professional resume simply shows that you’re desperate. Unless you’re specifically asked by your employer to mention your salary requirements, you should avoid using it. Unless stated otherwise, it is commonly understood that it’s negotiable. Additionally, it is considered as padding to fill out professional your resume. Instead, you should conduct market research for the post you’ve applied for and keep a specific figure in mind.

6. Flexible

Describing yourself as flexible is something like being proud of tying your own shoes. In today’s business world, things change at an unbelievable speed. Technological advances are changing our working lives on a regular basis. Today, if you want to get the job you desire, you need to be flexible. So, instead of inserting ‘flexible’, mention actual job accomplishments where you have displayed your flexibility. For instance, you can mention when one of your team members quit with a one-day notice and you had to perform their duties for several weeks.

Always remember that your professional resume has one, and only one, goal which is to bring you to the interview room, nothing else. So, go through the job description provided by the employer carefully. It always covers the required skills they are looking for. Pick some of the major highlighted attributes and expound on them while writing your resume. Remember that you need to show actual results to the hiring managers, not your claims of greatness or your appreciable characteristics.

The more you can demonstrate the actual facts, the better your chances will be of getting the job.


For this post, YouTern would like to thank our friends at Bulls Eye Recruiting.


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