Monday, July 6, 2009

Do these phrases kill resumes?

Liz Ryan writing as The Savvy Networker says the following 10 "boilerplate phrases" will kill a resume in today's market. What do you think?

  • Results-oriented profession
  • Cross-functional teams
  • More than (x) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Superior (or excellent) communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Met or exceeded expectations
  • Proven track record of success
  • Works well with all levels of staff
  • Team player
  • Bottom-line orientation
She says this marks you as uncreative and "vocabulary challenged" to use these "boring corporate-speak phrases - rather than using "language... that people like you and me would actually say." I'm really interested in feedback on this topic.

Dr. Bill - I love to share, I hope you do to! ;-)

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