Guest post by: Erika Coddington firstname.lastname@example.org.
edited by: Germaine Andino-Rexach
A well crafted resume is the first step towards successfully selling yourself to potential employers. While you don’t need to be a master wordsmith, you should avoid a few common pitfalls. Those include overusing common buzzwords or phrases. The meaning you intend to convey may end up being different from that received by the employer.
Instead of utilizing worn out buzzwords that sound good, be specific. Showcase and elaborate on your accomplishments in your specific job. Below are some commonly used buzzwords to steer away from when updating your resume:
Employers are going to assume that you are a self starter if you are applying for the position and it is a given that they will want that in a prospective candidate so there is no need to reiterate this on your resume.
Again, employers are going to assume that you are motivated if you are eager enough to apply and enter the applicant pool; illustrate, through your previous work accomplishments that you had motivation, rather than simply list it as a characteristic on your resume.
Rather than list the specific tasks that you did at each job, include the innovative action steps you took to make things happen.
Employers are looking to hire individuals who possess this quality so there is no need to include it on your resume. An employer will surmise that you have this qality when you apply for the job.
You can illustrate in your objective and your Skills section, your passion for the industry by drawing attention to the diverse array of patients or customers that you did and your ability to go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish the tasks that were expected of you.
Rather than use “extensive experience”, show through the diverse positions that you had what you accomplished and be specific
This word is one of the most overused buzzwords; it is recommended that you use another word or phrase to describe how you collaborated with others in a team environment or task.
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