means living by choice, rather than living by accident. It's an opportunity
to carve out the future, rather than sit back and see what happens. Without
accountability there are few opportunities for breakthroughs.
you are accountable to your promises, you are your word; thus, your
to others (and the whole world) shifts. Bonus: Practice noticing how often you
your word and make excuses for it and how having a lack of accountability
serve you. – Gary B. Henson
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having
left undone." - Pablo Picasso
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect
them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect
in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life,
karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the
difference in my life." - Steve Jobs
A job search is challenging enough, but sometimes we create
more problems for ourselves by using outdated language or statements that cause
us additional issues.Here are 10 of
those phrases to avoid:
1) References Available Upon Request
a.Hiring managers already know this fact.
b.You are wasting space on your resume.
Written and Verbal Communication Skills
a.See it frequently, but this is not the definitive based info
hiring managers are looking for on the resume.
Your resume writing itself should show excellent writing skills and the
interview, your verbal communication skills. Use it if you want on the cover letter, with an example demonstrating your excellent communication skills.
b.Again, wasting space, this time with a generic statement.
3)Works Well in High Pressure Situations
a.This is something everyone deals with today in the business
world, so instead of a generic statement like the above, give them an example
of a project that got done on time and on budget with a time-compressed
schedule, or a client that you helped with a product shipment issue that was
going to shut down their factory, but you saved the day.
4)The words Duties or Responsibilities include…
a.These are highly overused and you want to get a thesaurus and
find other action oriented words to being your resume bullet points.
a.Showing hiring managers how you used the expertise is
the important part, not just that you learned it.
6)Strong Work Ethic
a.Unfortunately many of the people who say this on their
resume don’t have one.
7)Meets or Exceed Expectations
a.Generic statement, instead use a real example of how
your met or exceeded a goal.
a.Again, generic statement, give specific examples of how
you are qualified from your work experience.
a.Yes, we have all used this phrase or some incarnation
of it in our past resumes, but it is time to put this one to bed and give the
hiring manager an actual example of results.
a.We have covered this before in another blog post, but I
find myself still telling this to jobseekers on a fairly consistent basis. Don’t use an objective statement, which is
about what you want, instead use a job title.
Until the company wants to interview and hire you, they don’t
“care” about what you want. By giving
them a (their) job title, this communicates what the resume should cover in
regards to “type” of experience.
Whether you call them filler words, general or generic
statements, or just fluff, including several of the above phrases in your
resume will look less than professional. You only have a few seconds in the initial
review of your resume to get the attention of a Hiring Manager, HR, Recruiter,
etc. The last thing you want to do is
alienate them with canned phrases and space wasters. Give real examples of your work successes
with some detail, as this is what anyone who reviews resumes and/or hires employee’s
wants to hear – proof you are up to the challenge. To your job search success!