Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top 15 Words to Include On Your Resume by Alison DoyleApril

Referred URL - http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2014/04/15/top-15-wordsto-include-on-your-resume.htm

It can be a challenge to know what to include on your resume. There are some terms that will get your resume noticed and others than can knock it out of contention.
Choosing the right terms can help you make the best impression, and CareerBuilder has released a new survey that reports on what employers want to see on resumes - and what they don't.
Here are the 15 best words to include on your resume:
  1. Achieved: 52%
  2. Improved: 48%
  3. Trained/Mentored: 47%
  4. Managed: 44%
  5. Created: 43%
  6. Resolved: 40%
  7. Volunteered: 35%
  8. Influenced: 29%
  9. Increased/Decreased: 28%
  10. Ideas: 27%
  11. Negotiated: 25%
  12. Launched: 24%
  13. Revenue/Profits: 23%
  14. Under budget: 16%
  15. Won: 13%
What shouldn't you include on your resume? Here are the 15 worst terms to use when resume writing, according to employers who responded to the survey, starting with "best of breed" which sounds more like a dog show winner than a candidate for employment:
  1. Best of breed: 38%
  2. Go-getter: 27%
  3. Think outside of the box: 26%
  4. Synergy: 22%
  5. Go-to person: 22%
  6. Thought leadership: 16%
  7. Value add: 16%
  8. Results-driven: 16%
  9. Team player: 15%
  10. Bottom-line: 14%
  11. Hard worker: 13%
  12. Strategic thinker: 12%
  13. Dynamic: 12%
  14. Self-motivated: 12%
  15. Detail-oriented: 11%
You don't have much time to make that good (or bad) impression. 17% of surveyed hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes. 68% spend less than two minutes. By focusing on the skills, results and accomplishments that are the most related to the job for which you're applying you'll be able to get your resume a closer look. Even an extra minute or so can help.

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