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Words That Will Ruin Your Resume
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:06:00 AM »
By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor
www.monster.com

1. “Job Duties”

Heather Huhman, career expert and founder of content marketing and digital PR consultancy Come Recommended, says the term “job duties” is not convincing on a resume.

“List job duties under each position at your own risk,” she says. “Instead, focus on your accomplishments. Ideally, you should be able to use the S-A-R method: Situation, Action, Results. Include up to three bullets per position, and as [few] as one.”

Keep in mind that your job duties are something that happened to you, not something you achieved -- and your resume should tell a story of achievement.

2. "Related Coursework"

"Unless you're applying for your very first internship, remove your related coursework," Huhman says. All your relevant education definitely belongs on your resume, but a separate section for "related coursework" isn't necessary. Your resume needs a laser-sharp focus. If you're struggling to show how a class is relevant to the job you're applying for, consider removing it.

3. “Proven Ability”

HR manager Jen Strobel views this phrase as just resume filler. “The ability was proven by whom? How is the ability proven? How does this ability compare to those which are not proven?” she asks.

So use your resume to prove your ability by giving specific examples of your career achievements.

4. "Married with Children"

Delmar Johnson, an HR professional with 20 years of experience and founder of HR services firm HR Brain for Hire, says personal information doesn’t belong on a resume. "That's great you have a family and you're proud [of it]," she says. "[But] your goal is to reflect a level of professionalism that demonstrates your knowledge, your skills and abilities that are applicable to the job to which you are applying."

5. "Transferable Skills"

When executive recruiter and career counselor Bruce Hurwitz sees these words, he takes them to mean “I'm not qualified, but do me a favor.” He says the terms “skills” or “skill set” are fine to use, but the word "transferable" has negative connotations.

And this is a great example of why it’s important to show, not tell. Don’t tell a recruiter that you have transferable skills. Show how the skills you have are relevant to the job.

6. “Results-oriented”

Cousin to the term “hard worker,” this is something anyone can say about himself. And as Stacey Hawley, career specialist and founder of career consultancy Credo, points out, that you’ll work toward results “is assumed.” There’s no need to use your resume to tell people things they already know.

7. “Utilized My Skills”

“Who else's skills would we be using?” Hawley asks.

Stuffy, overly formal language on resumes is out. It’s wiser nowadays to use direct language. Beware of boilerplate phrases that have lost their meaning and that can be replaced with expressive words that say something specific about you.

8. “Had _____”

Career and etiquette expert Sandra Lamb is a proponent of using strong language on resumes. “’Had’ is an anemic and colorless verb that gives the reader the impression you’re submitting a job description,” says Lamb, author of How to Write It. “Don't use this to start a bulleted item on your resume; you’ll be better-served by a strong, active verb.”

For example, you might say “Managed three people” instead of “Had three direct reports.”

9. Wacky Email Addresses (and Twitter Handles!)

Recruiting and career expert Abby Kohut of AbsolutelyAbby.com says that inappropriate email addresses like “clubhopper@example.com” or “hotchick@example.com” can send a resume to the bottom of the pile, if not the trash. “It’s not so much the email address as it is [the job seeker’s] judgment that I’m concerned about,” she says.

And the same goes for Twitter: More and more recruiters are researching candidates on social sites, so make sure you have a professional-sounding Twitter handle as well.

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Re: Words That Will Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 09:38:37 AM »
12 bizarre resumés

from A Resumé Like No Other: 12 Tales of Bizarre Applicant Behavior
by Mary Lorenz in Talent Acquisition
February 11th, 2010

   
include any of these if you don't want to be hired:

1.  “I always tell people to include their relocation details up top of their résumé and I received one that read, ‘Researching condoms in the local Washington, DC area.’”  – Heather R. Huhman, founder and president of Come Recommended

2.  “Some people do not know how to abbreviate ‘assistant.’ You really should not be abbreviating titles (or much else) on your résumé. To me, it indicates laziness in that you don’t want to spend the time typing the extra letters. But if you’re going to abbreviate ‘assistant,’ please use ‘Asst’ not ‘Ass’.” – Abby Kohut, president and staffing consultant at Staffing Symphony, LLC
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Re: Words That Will Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 09:39:20 AM »
 judgment that I’m concerned about,” she says.

And the same goes for Twitter: More and more recruiters are researching candidates on social sites, so make sure you have a professional-sounding Twitter handle as well.

Hmm, mao diay wa ko madawat isip part taym titser sa atoa tungod sa akong email address nga hubagbohol... :P
...than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln


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Re: Words That Will Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 09:42:12 AM »

kun ang department dean or chairman babaye, madawat pa tingali ka kun ang imong email address "hubagang_ma'am_uy..." ;D


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Re: Words That Will Ruin Your Resume
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 09:43:38 AM »
12 bizarre resumés continued...

3.  “I once reviewed a résumé that was handwritten on lined yellow paper. One of the jobs was listed as ‘Central Intelligence Agency, Langley, VA,’ and the description of the job was, ‘I’m not authorized to divulge the nature of my job duties while in the employ of the CIA’.”  – Sue Thompson, The Potentialist at Set Free Life Seminars LLC

4.  “I once had a candidate for a marketing assistant position who had worked in a supermarket very early in his career and, for that job; he listed as one of his responsibilities, ‘cut the cheese’.”  – Anonymous hiring manager at a large staffing firm


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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 09:44:36 AM »
5.  “Dirt. The résumé was intentionally smeared with mud. I don’t recall what the intent was. I immediately threw it away.” – Patrick Scullin, founding partner and executive creative director for Ames Scullin O’Haire Inc.

6.  “A résumé from a part-time model.  Included with her résumé was a 4×6 card showing her in various poses and at the bottom it read ‘good hands.’  She was applying for a corporate position.” – Cathleen Faerber, The Wellesley Group, Inc.


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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 09:46:17 AM »
7.  “Under ‘reason for leaving’ [the applicant] stated ‘threat of death’.” - Cathleen Faerber, The Wellesley Group, Inc.

8.  “I think the goofiest thing I saw on a résumé was a person who listed one of their special skills as Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. They were applying for an accounting position, so it makes absolutely no sense why they would have that on there.  The other one was a gentleman who put his marital status as ‘single, but looking’ on the résumé!” – Sky Opila, online résumé service BriteTab.com


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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 09:47:11 AM »
9.  “I think I was fired because my previous employer was racist.” – Laura Koelling, HR department for a catering company in St. Louis

10. “The résumé said ‘ecxellent attention to detail.’ Yes, ‘excellent’ was misspelled!” – Molly Wendell, a job-networking expert and author of “The New Job Search”

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 09:49:06 AM »
11. “An e-mail address: pinkpoodle@…com (How seriously can you take this person? How professional does this e-mail look if used on our behalf?)” – Kitty Werner, Chair, Central Vermont Crime Stoppers

12. “‘I have never trapped a man.’ A woman offered this as evidence of good character.” – Robert Dagnall, ResumeGuru.com

-for the whole article, the link is http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2010/02/11/a-resume-like-no-other-12-tales-of-bizarre-applicant-behavior/


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