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Best and Worst Terms to Use on Your Resume

by Lambert & Lindsey posted Mar 18 2014 7:36AM

According to a new survey done for CareerBuilder.com, these are the best and worst phrases to use on your resume. You can read all about their methodology HERE 

Bonus tip: Take keywords from the job posting or job description and place them somewhere on your resume in WHITE ink. Programs that look for those keywords and flag resumes will see them but when it is printed out they won't show up. (This was found via reddit so we can't confirm that his works but it's worth a shot)


The Worst Resume Terms

The following terms are resume turn-offs as selected by respondents:

  1. Best of breed: 38 percent
  2. Go-getter: 27 percent
  3. Think outside of the box: 26 percent
  4. Synergy: 22 percent
  5. Go-to person: 22 percent
  6. Thought leadership: 16 percent
  7. Value add: 16 percent
  8. Results-driven: 16 percent
  9. Team player: 15 percent
  10. Bottom-line: 14 percent
  11. Hard worker: 13 percent
  12. Strategic thinker: 12 percent
  13. Dynamic: 12 percent
  14. Self-motivated: 12 percent
  15. Detail-oriented: 11 percent
  16. Proactively: 11 percent
  17. Track record: 10 percent


The Best Resume Terms
There are, however, several strong verbs and terms candidates can use to help describe their experience. The following are terms employers would like to see on a resume:

  1. Achieved: 52 percent
  2. Improved: 48 percent
  3. Trained/Mentored: 47 percent
  4. Managed: 44 percent
  5. Created: 43 percent
  6. Resolved: 40 percent
  7. Volunteered: 35 percent
  8. Influenced: 29 percent
  9. Increased/Decreased: 28 percent
  10. Ideas: 27 percent
  11. Negotiated: 25 percent
  12. Launched: 24 percent
  13. Revenue/Profits: 23 percent
  14. Under budget: 16 percent
  15. Won: 13 percent
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03/18/2014 7:36AM
Best and Worst Terms to Use on Your Resume
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