Resume Pharases


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(By – Staff Writer)

Outdated Phrases in a Resume

As I have discussed in several other articles, the purpose of a resume is to get an interview with the person responsible for actually hiring for the position you are interested in. As a retired manager, I can tell you that even in my time there could be a hundred resumes to filter through before setting up any interviews. Today’s hiring manager see hundreds of resumes and your needs to stand out if you want an interview.

So instead of looking at what should be in your resume, we will look at what should not be there. There are certain phrases that if you use them in your resume, they indicate to the hiring manager that you are not current in your understanding of the job seeking process. In other words, these phrases ‘date’ you.

Outdated Phrases

Be creative but professional as you replace these outdated phrases with more current and more meaningful ones.

  1. Career Objective: I have spoken about this in several other articles. Hiring managers are no longer interested in what you want to do with your life. Today’s hiring manager is focused in on what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
  2. Team Player: No one uses this language anymore. Yes you want to show that you were a productive member of the team and got along with everyone else. Instead of just saying you were a team player, explain how you contributed to the company bottom line while working closely with your peers.
  3. Successful Track Record: This one really dates you. I am not interested in the fact that you had a successful track record. Tell me what you were successful at. Tell me what your successes were. Did you save the company money? Did you make the company money? This is what the hiring manager wants to know.
  4. Results Oriented: Well you better be results oriented and why do have to tell me you are. I expect that you are. This is a given. Like your successful track record tell me what your results were.
  5. Excellent Work Ethic: Don’t use this unless you give me examples of what it means. Show me something that you did that exemplifies this otherwise it is just an empty phrase.
  6. Dynamic, Enthusiastic, Energetic: This is too much self-promotion that cannot be validated by work results. Leave these kinds of self-descriptive words off the resume and let the hiring manager decide in the interview if you are dynamic. If you say on your resume that you are dynamic and you have a down day and interview poorly, you are worse off than if you did not say it on the resume. Don’t box yourself in to having to exhibit those traits in the interview.
  7. Experienced: Everyone is experienced in something. Being experienced does not mean you can do the job as the hiring manager wants it done. This is a word we used to use all the time in resume but we have learned that it does not tell the reader anything about us. The purpose of the resume is to tell the hiring party enough about yourself that you get an interview. Just saying you are experienced does not do that.
  8. Expert Businessperson: See number seven above. Again this does not tell the hiring manager anything. What is a businessperson? If you put this on your resume, be prepared to tell the interviewer just what a businessperson is when she asks about it.
  9. People Person: This is outdated language. Talk instead about your communication and interpersonal skills. Again give clear examples

10. References Available Upon Request: This phrase really dates you. The hiring manager can get references themselves as the ones you would give them are bound to be biased.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are some of the most important words and phrases to leave off your resume if you want to impress the hiring manager.