Here Are The Words To Not Use on a Résumé

Executive recruitingJob seekers everywhere should know how important it is to have a good résumé on hand. If you don’t have a compelling document showing your skills and experience, you probably won’t get into contact with people who can provide job opportunities. A strong CV is especially useful for executive recruiting, where professionals seek the best and the brightest. Instead of using the following words, we have other suggestions to make your résumé efficient and convey the correct snapshot of your career.

Instead of: “go-to-person.”

Use: “resident expert.”

This term shows that you have the expertise and knowledge to be an effective employee without appearing too conversational. “Go-to-person” is a bit too conversational for an application and is a bit less specific. With “resident expert,” you can elaborate on your duties to back it up. Of course, only include this term when it fits.

Instead of: “go-getter.”

Use: “mentored,” “organized,” or “volunteered.”

Using the phrase “go-getter” may seem like a smart move that shows your capabilities, but it comes off as overly confident. To show your ability to work with a team or ambition, use words that show, not tell. If you’ve moved your way up and mentored, explain that through “mentored.” If you’ve taken on plenty of tasks that will impress executive recruiting professionals, use “organized” or something similar.

DO NOT USE: “team player.”

Though some jobs enable you to work remotely or by yourself, there’s no denying that a strong team unit is the core of every business. Even if departments don’t meet often, they’re bound to collaborate and communicate at some point. Being a “team player” is much more of an expectation for employees than it is a skill. Let your personality show how well you work with people during the interview stage.

Instead of: “strategic thinker” or “outside the box.”

Use: “influenced.”

Calling yourself someone who thinks outside the box is something far too many people do. Plus, it doesn’t quite show results – just an abstract personality trait. Instead, discuss how you influenced a project or company. The proof will always be more effective than a blanket statement.

Having an active résumé always helps during the executive recruiting process. Recruiters want the best of the best, so having a document that shows you are worthy of companies without jargon is the best process. For quality recruitment for your business, give Abbott Executive Search a call at (603)-669 -9909.