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7 Phrases to Leave Off Your Resume


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Oldie but goodie - "With more and more resumes being sent to fewerpositions, employers see the same phrases come up over and over again. In order to write a resume that stands out, job seekers should avoid using the following seven phrases:

1. "Effective Communicator"2. "Detail-Oriented"

3. "Highly Skilled"

4. "Reliable"

5. "References Available Upon Request"

6. "Energetic Team Player'

7. "Able to Meet Deadlines'

Interestingly, commenters do not agree that those phrases are fluff and do not add anything to a resume.

I don't agree that those phrases are fluff.

But if they are overused they do not differentiate a resume and therefore are best avoided. 

In my opinion, they are useless not only because they are overused, but also because most of them are subjective, plus, nobody is going to write "docile individualist" on one's resume :) or "constantly missing deadlines" - so no extra information is gained by reading those sentences. It is better to demonstrate those qualities as achievements.

That's good advice, to stick to objective things on a resume. 

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