Last Updated May 24, 2010 9:44 AM EDT
- Responsible. A job is defined as a duty, a function, or something that has to be done. Every job is a responsibility. So it's understood if you've had previous job experience that you were responsible for something. Your resume is about listing your accomplishments, not your responsibilities. So, instead of using a vague and common term to describe your work history, give specific and quantifiable facts and figures. For example, instead of saying "responsible for office sales," provide information like "sold X number of units and increased company sales by 46 percent in 2009."
- My. Or me, or I. These are first person pronouns and should not be used on your resume. Since it's understood that it's "your" resume, words like "I" are unnecessary and redundant. And, they can make your resume appear unpolished, unprofessional, and even too "you" centered. Instead, begin sentences with action verbs like reduced, developed, programmed, etc.
- Successful. If you weren't successful at something, you certainly wouldn't have it on your resume. Don't waste space saying you were successful. Give specific instances that prove you were.
- Dependable. Like the word successful, using broad, overused terms, including dependable or reliable, won't distinguish you from other job seekers. To set yourself apart... demonstrate your dependability by conveying how previous employers relied on you by sharing your achievements and growth.
- Team player. Hiring a team player is important to every employer. But, the term is liberally used on most resumes and has essentially become a waste of space. Instead of simply saying you're a "team player who works well with others" explain how by using examples like "worked with IT, HR, and marketing departments to develop company-wide leadership training initiative for 3,000 employees."