Nine words to avoid using in your resume at all costs

You’ve probably heard that using the right keywords in your resume can boost your chances of landing an interview. This is because employers often use software filters to scan job applications for the relevant words and phrases they want to see in successful candidate resumes.

Read more about using the right keywords.

It turns out that the opposite is also true. Using the wrong words can seriously limit the potential that you will be called in for an interview.

A study of employer responses to thousands of resumes by the team at Zip Recruiter found that resumes containing the following words had a 79 per cent chance of being viewed poorly.

Red flag resume words to avoid

    Hard
    Need
    First
    Me
    Time
    Myself
    Chance
    Develop
    Learning

The study found that these keywords seem to give employers the impression that you are inexperienced, will require a lot of training before you can do the job, or that could be resistant to working hard.

You should also cut words and phrases such as “duties include” and “responsible for.” Stay away from your job descriptions – describe instead what your significant accomplishments were at past jobs.

Similarly, avoid using adjectives to describe your experience. Rather than saying your work is ‘creative’ or ‘excellent,’ demonstrate the the quality of your work by highlighting the results you were able to deliver.

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