You can’t deny it, I can’t deny it- we are all guilty of it. We use buzzwords on a resume as if it is our job. The blame doesn’t lie on you. Many have been taught to write resumes using as many buzzwords as possible. Or, if you are a little rusty and head to Google to get some resume inspiration, you can bet all of the examples are bursting with buzzwords. While it is true that these buzzwords did, at one time, attract the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager, these days most are immune to their charm and significance. Buzzwords have become cliches, and any cliche seems shallow on a resume. So, how can we fix this problem? Here is a list of buzzwords you can avoid, along with tips on how to better use that space on your resume.

Hard worker

If I am a recruiter reading a resume, or cover letter, that states someone is a hard worker, I’m moving on. Of course you are a hard worker, you better be if you are applying to my job! You think this says that you are dedicated to doing your job well, but really, it is just stating the obvious. Instead of using this on a resume, give real examples of how you are a hard worker. Did you complete a project ahead of schedule? Manage a to team a successful outcome? These are things that should be included, the things that recruiters want to see.


Also known as “innovative” or “ability to think outside the box.” These days, everyone is creative. You think you are communicating the fact that you come up with new, good ideas. But, that’s not enough in today’s market. Everyone comes up with new, good ideas. What new, good ideas have you come up with? How have you implemented these ideas. Instead of telling a recruiter what you are, tell them what you can do.

Communication skills

I will be honest, we do require our candidates to have good communication skills. But, if you have to tell someone you are something, such as a good communicator, then chances are high that you aren’t really that something. You should be able to show that you are a good communicator. Good communication skills don’t just mean you can talk to people. They mean you know how to talk to different people and how to listen as well.


Click here to view more buzzwords in the full article, originally published on Monster.

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