Nine Phrases You Should Never Put on Your Resume

by Wall Street Job Report on August 8, 2012

Since most recruiters and hiring managers receive far more resumes than they have time to review carefully, they’re forced to find shortcuts that will allow them to quickly sort resumes into Yes, Maybe and No piles.

There are lots of ways to get into the Yes pile – customizing your resume, using strong verbs, giving concrete examples of past accomplishments and showing your value, for example.

But there are also many ways to get your resume immediately consigned to the No pile. One way is to use the wrong words or phrases — often, empty clichés, annoying jargon or recycledbuzzwords. In a recent article, “10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume,” we highlighted some of the worst offenders. That article really got people talking, so we asked some recruiting experts to share more of these detestable resume terms:

Read the terms at

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