CHICAGO (CBS) – In Illinois, more than 608,000 people are unemployed. If you’re one of those looking for work, you’ll want to avoid 10 words on your resume. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
Emerson Estrada is looking for a second job. He plans to apply to the new sandwich shop that’s opening in Block 37.
When he drops off his application, he’ll probably include his resume. In it he describes himself as: “experienced, responsible, reliable,” said Estrada.
Words matter, according to job expert Rick Cobb. There are some words you should avoid because they’re considered overused.
“If your job is to look at hundreds of resumes, anything you see over and over again becomes invisible,” said Cobb, Executive Vice President with search firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
The list of words employers consider overused include: innovative, motivated, results-oriented, dynamic, proven track record, team player, fast-paced, problem solver, entrepreneurial, and extensive experience.
“Words that are overused, they become cliché and they have a meaning to people that may not be what you intended,” explains Cobb.
For example, “fast-paced” could imply that you’re not detail-oriented. “Team player” might indicate you’re a follower, not a leader.
Cobb says “extensive experience” is great, but someone might assume you’ve been at one job a long time, or you’re older.
And he adds that “entrepreneurial” doesn’t really fit in an organization. It may be a sign of a person who does things their way.
Not only should you avoid the overused words, but employers like Bob Gifford say it’s important you choose words that convey your desire for the job.
“People need to take the word and really customize it to the actual opportunity they’re looking for,” said Gifford.
There are a list of words that you SHOULD use on your resume. For more information on the “buzz words” that will get you noticed, click here.