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Words to cut and paste from your resume now

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

    Loyal
    Energetic
    Punctual
    Motivated
    Hard working
    Team player
    Results-driven
    Detail-oriented
    Self-motivated
    Client-focussed

Cut these weak resume words that are red flags for employers

    Hard
    Need
    First
    Me
    Time
    Myself
    Chance
    Develop
    Learning

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

    Achieved
    Developed
    Enhanced
    Exceeded
    Executed
    Implemented
    Improved
    Initiated
    Launched
    Managed
    Resolved
    Solved
    Spearheaded

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.

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