Resume Language: are you fluent?

I just read an excellent article at on phrases to avoid when writing your resume. The author, Jenna Charlton, takes aim at the popular but flimsy “Highly Qualified”, and “Team Player” which both seem to pop up at least once in most resumes and cover letters. Perhaps the most important point Charlton makes is that these types of phrases “say it [but don’t] show it”.

Don’t settle for a passive resume! Say what you really need to say by analysing the job posting, and get out that thesaurus once in a while.

Charlton, J. “The most useless phrases in a resume.” Jan 31st, 2013.

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