15 best and worst words to use in your resume

A study from CareerBuilders, interviewed over 2000 hiring managers to discover what the most powerful words to use in the resume and the worst ones are. This is the result and you should take notes on which one to use and which one not to use.

best words to use in the resume

  • Most of these words are action verbs and they are directly connected to an accomplishment. That should be the focus on your resume.
  • These are key elements to make you look as a productive professional.
  • Go through your current verbs and try to replace them with these.
  • Don’t just replace them, the resume is a whole document and should be cohesive.

worst words

  • Most of these words are cliché and  say nothing about you. Others are just skills every employee must have so there is no need to state the obvious.
  • Everyone must be a team player and results driven! So you are not setting apart from others!
  • Find real skills that make you different and unique.



Top 10 mistakes you should avoid on your resume


1.       Misspellings and grammatical errors
No need to justify this one. It is a stand out and it can certainly influence your personal brand. Avoid them. Ask your friends and family to read your resume.

2.       Not enough or too many keywords
You have to highlight the keywords of your job in a natural way. Don’t try to put adjectives before every skill. Define what the message you want to send with your resume is and make a list of the keywords that reflect and leverage that message.

3.       Personal information
We don’t need to know your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status and all these details. Even addresses are not that useful to employers. So focus on your value and not your personal and physical characteristics.

4.       Listing every job
Choose your past experience wisely. You don’t want to just state where you have been since you graduated. You want to focus your resume in a unique message. For that you may need to omit some experiences you had. Don’t be afraid to do it.

5.       Outdated layout
Your layout and resume design makes the first impression on recruiters. They need to do 2 things: have a different and creative layout and be really easy to read. So make sure your resume layout is unique and it allows employers to go through it easily.

6.       Too much information
You don’t want to fill your resume with useless information because you know recruiters won’t read it. Avoid more than 2 pages resumes. Your layout is going to be responsible for that first impression about your resume having too much information or not.

7.       Generic summary
Summary is one of the first things recruiters look at. If they start reading it and it sounds like all the other 1001 summaries, your chances on having them reading the rest are close to 1%. Please be specific and be you. You think you know what recruiters want to hear but you have no idea.

8.       Irrelevant and unmeasurable duties

One of the main problems about most of the resumes we receive at Impressive Resumes is about duties-driven descriptions instead of accomplishments-driven descriptions. Focus on what you accomplished and not what you were responsible for. Choose your contributions to each work experience and detail them with measurable achievements.

9.       Providing references
Employers ask if needed. Don’t waste one line to state the obvious.

10.   Including a picture
We have covered this issue before on our blog. It is a dubious question but choose not to have a picture on your resume. It can only work as a benefit.