Earlier this month, we offered up nine buzzwords that you should eliminate posthaste from your resume. But that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg: The list of clichés, redundant terms, and outmoded verbs ripe for deletion is, of course, much longer. Here are nine more terms that deserve the attention of your ‘Delete’ button:
Enthusiastic: The ultimate in redundant phrases: Who isn’t enthusiastic (at least in public) about their work and career?
Assisted: You only have a limited amount of space on a resume to list your experience. Rather than waste ink describing when you helped someone else out with a project, focus on those times you played a central role.
Expert (or Master): Describe yourself as an “expert” (or “master”) in a particular skill or discipline, and interviewers may see that as an opportunity to trip you up with an obscure question or difficult problem. When outlining your skills, go with terms such as “proficient,” which also suggest mastery, but aren’t as likely to trigger an aggressive line of questioning.
Ninja: For a couple years, it seemed as if every company had a social-media or Web developer “ninja” onboard, ready to slice and dice even the toughest development and marketing problems to shreds. The term was cute for a little while, but now it’s a cliché. Eliminate it from your resume.
Hard Worker: This should go without saying.
Reliable: This should go without saying, too.
Disruptive: For decades, the term “disruptive” was disparaging, bordering on the slanderous; nobody wanted to be seen as a disruptive influence. Then it took on a positive sheen, especially within the tech industry, where people started using it to denote someone or something that shakes up old, stodgy markets. Now, like “ninja,” it’s become a bit of a cliché: Don’t use it to describe your experience or skill set.
Team Player: Instead of saying you’re a “team player,” use one (or more) of your bullet-points to describe how you’ve collaborated with a team to accomplish a goal.
Old Skills: Does your resume still have outdated skills and knowledge on it? Eliminate them. Trust us, your employer doesn’t care if you’re proficient in Windows 7.