Using buzzwords and fluff

One goal for your resume is to tell your work story as authentically and genuinely as possible in one page. Don’t pad it with unnecessary fillers. Check out a sampling of the worst words below (and the full list at CareerBuilder.) The takeaway is this: When it comes to the words you choose on your resume, keep it simple. Clearly and accurately describe what you’ve done in the past, and it will become obvious to hiring managers why you’re the “best of breed.”


The Worst Resume Terms

  1. Best of breed

  2. Go-getter

  3. Think outside of the box

  4. Synergy

  5. Go-to person

  6. Results-driven

  7. Team player

  8. Hard worker

  9. Strategic thinker

  10. Detail-oriented

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