atResume.com - Vol. 1, Number 18
Words to Avoid
In Your Resume
Effective word choice is what really appeals to hiring managers—not action verbs and
glittery modifiers. Here’s a rundown of some words that hiring managers say detract
from the persuasiveness of resumes they see.
Term Reasons to avoid Example Possible rephrasing
Assist, assisted Hiring managers want to Assisted Researched
know what you did, not how marketing for marketing
you helped. If you’re familiar director by department.
enough with a task to put it on researching…
your resume, you can choose
a better word than assist.
Experiment No one wants to hear about Experimented Tested and
what you tried to do—only with new evaluated new Please enter your email
what you have accomplished. management management address and press Submit.
Skillfully, effectively, Hiring managers often object Skillfully Migrated
carefully, quickly, to words that describe how managed organization from
expert, mastered well you do a particular task. transition from Windows NT to
In many cases, it comes Windows NT Windows Server
across as boastful—and it’s to Windows 2003 with no
unnecessary. “If you aren’t Server 2003 downtime during
good at it, why are you putting business hours.
it on your resume?” one
Cutting-edge, Hiring managers say such Detail-oriented Supervised an
words take up space without
communicating much. They’ve
staff; completed It’s not the hours
seen them so often that the
words have lost their original
to oversee day-
you put in your
synergy, and liaison energy. Provide details and operations and consolidated work that counts,
substance, not tired business to implement equipment and
jargon. major resources following it’s the work you
technology facilities move.
initiatives. put in the hours.
- Sam Ewing