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					                                                                                    - 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.
                                                             software.         software.
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
                           recruiter said.
Cutting-edge,              Hiring managers say such          Detail-oriented   Supervised an
                           words take up space without
                           communicating much. They’ve
                                                             manager with
                                                             proven ability
                                                                               staff; completed       It’s not the hours
facilitate, transform;
proven ability,
                           seen them so often that the
                           words have lost their original
                                                             to oversee day-
                                                             to-day network
                                                                               two full-scale
                                                                               platform migrations;
                                                                                                      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

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