When a potential employer first reads your resume, they scan it quickly to see if you are a viable candidate for further scrutiny. The high volume of resumes they likely assess for every opportunity means that you only have a limited amount of time to catch their attention and stand out.
One way to boost your chances of making it to the next round of the recruitment process is to avoid the overused resume cliches that make employers’ eyes glaze over, and instead grab their interest with more dynamic resume words.
With that in mind, here is a collection of words and phrases to cut (ctrl x) from your resume and some power words to paste (ctrl v) in their place.
Cut these overused resume words
Cut these weak resume words that are red flags for employers
Rather than saying you are client-focussed, use your resume to highlight accomplishments that you achieved for clients. Don’t say that you are a team player, show how you went above and beyond leading or supporting your team. Similarly, claiming in your resume that you are ‘results-oriented’ is meaningless. Show the actual results you have delivered. That speaks volumes.
You can frame the descriptions of those results and accomplishments by using powerful action verbs that impress potential employers.
Power verbs to paste in your resume
Listing that you ‘helped’ of ‘worked on’ a project are examples of using weak verbs in a resume. Power verbs are stronger, dynamic action words that create a more noteworthy first impression and quickly show employers that you are a candidate that they should consider interviewing.