If you are applying for a job you want your resume to stand out, and step one is to avoid using the buzz words that everybody else is using. They’re boring and writing that you are creative actually shows a lack of creativity. Rather than using meaningless phrases, link your skills to results that show you are competent. These are 25 words that you should not use on your resume.
Ninja (programming ninja, management ninja, etc)
It used to be cute, it’s not anymore.
Typically when people use this it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just filler that sounds good.
You should let your resume do the talking
It’s in the same boat as ninja and rock star.
There is no try. Only do.
Don’t just say you solve problems. Rather, state how you solve problems?
So you’re doing better than the average high school student. Be more specific.
Like some other words on this list, this is way too overused.
Try resilient instead.
You better be effective, isn’t that a given?
Could you please give a quick example?
Of course you’re responsible. Now prove it by discussing what you have actually been responsible for.
As with many of the meaningless adjectives on this list, employers often see it as meaningless filler. No doubt you’re going to describe yourself as capable…who wouldn’t?
It’s not a bad word to have on your resume but avoid using it to describe yourself. Rather say something like you worked with creative colleagues.
Another overused phrase. Replace it with a descriptive phrase like “making sure that the results were met”.
Every human has communication skills and furthermore you don’t need to mention something that everyone puts on their resume already.
It’s similar to “results oriented”. Say something like “learning new things motivates me”.
This is something you shouldn’t have to say. Your resume should speak for itself.
Hard working is good, but the phrase is once again overused. Try to find another phrase that describes how hard working you are.
What does that even mean? Are you a database?
If you really are innovative then you shouldn’t be using this word on your resume. Innovate and find another way to impress.
This is a red flag. It doesn’t really express confidence in your ability. If you’re not confident with something, don’t mention it.
So you show up on time? Do the bare minimum? Everybody can be reliable, once again, explain how.
You better be a team player, that goes without saying.