25 Words to Delete From Your Resume

Is there such thing as too many resume tips? We think not.

We came across this article by Victoria A. LoCascio and couldn’t agree more. As an Executive Resume Writer, she really speaks to our hearts. With so many resumes being reviewed daily, it’s the ones that put care into the details that stand out. Have a read below and let us know if you have any words or phrases to add to the list!

“As president of Ace Your Interview for the past 5 years, and as a corporate hiring manager for 10 years prior to Ace Your Interview, I have reviewed thousands of resumes. Unfortunately, many resumes contain overused or ineffective words that do not add value. Since space is limited, every word needs to earn its way on to your resume due to its importance. Below is a list of the most common offenders that should be immediately removed from your resume and LinkedIn profile.

25 WORDS TO DELETE FROM YOUR RESUME

  • Successful / Accomplished (do not add adjectives to try to boost your status; instead show that you have been successful through the text written on your resume)
  • Guru / Ninja / Rock Star (informal and not helpful for keyword purposes)
  • Seasoned (makes you sound old)
  • Honest (this is obvious and does not need to be stated)
  • Results-driven / Results-oriented (explain your specific results under each job position, instead of just writing results-driven)
  • Driven / Passionate / Focused / Hardworking (this is obvious and does not need to be stated)
  • Goal-oriented (give concrete examples using goal numbers to show that you achieved or exceeded your goal, instead of just writing goal-oriented)
  • Significantly (include concrete numbers to show how you significantly improved something)
  • Go-to Person (clearly explain your level of responsibility)
  • Team Player (it is understood that you know how to work with people)
  • Responsible for / Duties include (use exciting action verbs to explain your responsibilities; google ‘Resume Action Verbs’ to find good verbs to use)
  • Familiar with (does not convey that you are good at whatever follows)
  • Stay-At-Home Parent (potential employers should not know about your children as it is not relevant to your career)
  • Resume (do not write Resume at the top)
  • Objective (do not write Objective at the top, instead use a career summary section and label it with your current job title)
  • References Available Upon Request (do not write this at the bottom as it is understood that you will provide them if asked)
  • First-person or Third-person Language (do not use first-person or third-person language, instead use formal resume language to appear professional)

Victoria LoCascio, President of Ace Your Interview, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified SEO Expert, and has master’s degrees in both Leadership and Communication. She specializes in writing powerful resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, as well as coaching clients on interviewing skills.”