6 Common Phrases to Eliminate from Your Resume
Students in online degree programs, are you looking to save some space on your resume?
Or, you may be looking to create a resume that stands out and has more kick to it. In today's competitive job market, a resume that stands out is vital.
With that in mind, there are a few trigger resume words and phrases that could force employers to say thanks, but no thanks. Staying away from these words and phrases could be the difference in securing an important job interview.
With that in mind, avoid using these six phrases on a resume at all costs:
1. "Responsibilities included"
When you construct your resume, be sure to list what you’ve done (job accomplishments), and not simply what you did (job description). Your job accomplishments speak louder than your job description. Focus on these accomplishments. Sell your resume. Don't simply tell it.
Money talk doesn’t belong on a resume. Typically, federal resumes are the only documents that require salary information. You can negotiate salary with employers if and when a job offer comes along.
Don’t let this word slip into your resume. If it’s a must, try using either laid-off or reduction in force. But these terms aren’t good either. I would recommend not using them at all and save explaining your previous work history for the interview.
4. "References Available Upon Request"
According to Joyce Kennedy, the author of Resumes for Dummies, "References are assumed. Save the space for more important information." In other words, this space could be better used for another personal accomplishment, for instance. If the employer wants to speak with a reference, he/she will ask you. Nowadays, it's better to nix the references altogether.
5. "Social Security Number"
When constructing a civilian resume, you want to protect yourself from identity theft, so save yourself the hassle and don’t list your Social Security number. The only exemption is when you are constructing a federal resume.
6. "Assisted with, worked with, helped with"
Use action words that convey how you contributed to each company achievement, such as “designed, developed or established.” You don’t want to seem like you were a just bystander through all of it, simply assisting when needed.
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About the author: Michael Bermudez joined Grantham University in May 2011 and is the Career Services Coordinator in the Grantham University Career Center. Michael facilitates academic and career advising within the United States Air Force Reserves. Prior to joining Grantham University, Michael served as an E-5 in the United States Air Force.