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.



6 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions


1. Why do you want the job?

– “I’ve read a lot about your company and I really think my skill-set could help out around here.”

This sounds very robotic and it doesn’t show any personality. Recruiters can know when you are being genuine and when you are trying to please them with a cliché. Be honest and focus on your skills, your goals and what the position/company has to offer you. Be specific.


2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work and how you resolved it.

– “I usually get along very well with everyone.”

It’s not true and it shows the recruiter that you probably don’t focus on your past experiences in order to improve. It’s true that there are some people that really get along with MOST people, but we all have experiences with people that are way too different from us. It doesn’t have to be a conflict but try to have a situation in mind to answer this question.


3. What do you think is your greatest weakness?

– “I’m an overachiever, and work long hours that leave me little time for anything else but serving the organization.”

Sometimes what we think the companies want to hear is exactly what keep us from getting that job. Don’t play this game, play safe. Prepare these answers before the interview and think of something that you can provide examples on how you are trying to improve your weaknesses.


4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

– “Going to the pub and sleeping”

Some companies ask this question to get to know more about the candidate. It’s not usually something that is going to take a big role in the decision but it’s more of an opportunity to create a human and genuine connection between the recruiter/company and the candidate. Take advantage of this question and smile, be funnier and show your social skills. Because here they are trying to get to know how you get along socially and break the ice.


5.  What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?

–  “Lunchtimes” – “Salary” – “Discounts” – “Holidays”

Show that you did your research and state the key aspects of the specific role that you are most excited about.


6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

– “I see myself doing your job”

Of course some companies will like this kind of answer but most will not. This kind of confidence works better in start-up companies. You can also use this same idea but use different words where you are not threatening the interviewer in any way. Be smart and be specific.



Top 10 skills you get from studying and working abroad?

According to Time Magazine, a recent research is showing how international experiences can make us more “flexible, creative and complex thinkers”.

Impressive resumes international experience

You can’t just go running and write this magic words into your resume. But you can certainly look back at your past international experiences and write your skills or job description focusing on these skills. Well and if you haven’t had that experience, start looking for jobs internationally. We live in a global world and we should take advantage out of it. In a few years a person without international experience will have a hard time to succeed.

The same research shows that people with experience in other countries usually get more job offers than others, being placed faster and with better conditions. These people are forced to break their barriers and to have an open and adaptive attitude towards foreign cultures “becoming more able to make connections among disparate ideas”. This leads them to become “better problem solvers and display more creativity”. Entrepreneurship is also directly connected to people with international experience.


1. Creative and Flexible Thinking

2. Problem Solving

3. Adaptability

4. Entrepreneurship

5. Resilience

6. Self-Confidence

7. Foreign Languages

8. Open-mindedness

9. Communication

10. Planning and Organizational


Make sure you have specific examples to illustrate these skills, either in your resume cover letter, or at an interview.


Top 10 Best Jobs for 2014

These are the best jobs for 2014, according to a study by CareerCast.

So if you have one of these or if you are applying of these be prepared for a lot of competition! Prepare your resume so you can be great at the interview and get the job!


1. Mathematician
Midlevel income: $101,360
Key factors for ranking: work environment, high income and outlook, low stress

These are the people who figure out if a decision makes sense for a company or organization, be it digging for oil or building a car. They work in a variety of sectors, including energy, transportation and IT.

2. Tenured university professor
Midlevel income: $68,970
Key factors for ranking: work environment (ranks No. 1 of all jobs), lack of stress

The key word here is tenured. “That means they have a job for life,” Lee said, pointing out that they also receive a six-month sabbatical every seven years. Plus, they usually teach about three to four classes per week and have a say in setting their schedule.

3. Statistician
Midlevel income: $75,560
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

“These are the people who determine the statistical likelihood of things,” Lee said. “They figure out how many people will buy that new iPad or if that breakfast cereal is selling well due to changing demographics.” Basically, any kind of planning for the future. And they can work across most industries.

4. Actuary
Midlevel income: $93,680
Key factors for ranking: environment, hiring outlook

Actuaries, who came in No. 1 on last year’s best jobs list, are the people who determine how long something is going to last. Typically, they work for insurance companies (this accounts for around 80 percent of actuaries), estimating how long people are going to live or the statistical likelihood that they will get a particular disease. However, they’re increasingly being used for other industries, such as infrastructure: How long will that bridge last? Is it time to replaced that rail line?

5. Audiologist
Midlevel income: $69,720
Key factors for ranking: outlook, lack of stress

Audiologists tend to work in a low-stress environment in a job that is very rewarding, since their focus is to help patients deal with hearing issues. Plus, the hiring outlook gets a boost on two fronts: aging baby boomers and retiring audiologists.

6. Dental hygienist Midlevel income: $70,210 Key factors for ranking: low stress (it ranks as the least stressful of all 200 jobs on this list), outlook

“Talk to a dental hygienist and they’ll tell you the best part of their job is that they’re in control of the situation,” Lee said. They work directly with their patients and get to set their own schedule. Plus, Lee said, it’s the only job in the top 10 where you don’t need a four-year degree.

7. Software engineer
Midlevel income: $93,350
Key factors for ranking: low stress, outlook

Software engineers are the people who write software code for programs that manage everything from online shopping to home heating and airport-landing schedules.

8. Computer systems analyst
Midlevel income: $79,680
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

These are the people who work with the actual hardware (from servers to laptops) to make sure that it’s the right equipment, the right amount, it’s doing what a company needs it to do, and there are no outages. They’re always working to increase speed and efficiency. And there is a huge demand for what they do.

9. Occupational therapist
Midlevel income: $75,400
Key factors for ranking: outlook, low stress

These are people who help patients overcome illness or accidents so they can return to the workforce. “It’s very satisfying work,” Lee said, explaining that it’s one of those jobs that receives more thank-yous than others because its aim is to help patients overcome a major obstacle.

10. Speech pathologist
Midlevel income: $69,870
Key factors for ranking: low stress, hiring outlook

Here’s another job that tends to be personally rewarding, because of its positive effects on a patient’s life. Plus, many of the patients requiring speech assistance are children. Health-care jobs have ranked extremely well over the past few years as baby boomers age, and this year was no exception, with 4 of the top 10 jobs coming from the sector.


What part of your resume is being read by recruiters?

A recent study from The Ladders shows how is the recruiter’s behavior when it comes to resume screening and evaluation. According to the study, recruiters waste an average of 6 seconds to the first screening of resumes. So you have 6 seconds to convince them why you should go to the next phase.

An “eye tracking” scientific technique was used in 30 recruiters for a period of 10 weeks, examining the ocular movements while evaluating several resumes. After that they were able to identify what parts of resumes are more looked at and for how long.

These are what recruiters spend more time looking at:

  • Name
  • Positions/Roles
  • Companies
  • Dates
  • Education

Here you have 2 examples of different resumes and their differences are clear.

impressive resumes

The one in the right was more looked at because it’s easier to read and it has a structure.

Make sure your resume is readable and that you highlight the names and positions you held in the past or you are looking for in the future. Make your resume stand out, or ask us for a little help at www.impressiveresumes.net.

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.

How can recruiters measure your resume skills?


We are all used to have this pressure of writing all the skills we think are related to that job and recruiters are dying to read.

You know them:

–          Communication Skills
–          Negotiation Skills
–          Customer service skills
–          Leadership Skills
–          Time Management Skills
And the list can go on…and on…and on…

Let’s look at this from 2 perspectives:

1.       You are the recruiter

You have a position and you need to evaluate all the candidates that can fit in that role. Let’s say you are looking for a “Customer Care Manager”. You are the HR responsible for a house booking website and you need someone to be very customer oriented.

They ask you for these skills:
–          Great Communication skills
–          Interpersonal relationship skills
–          Organization skills
–          Detailed-oriented skills

You have 200 application how are you going to select from those?

A)  You look over who state those words on their resumes

There’s a big risk involved here because everyone can write they have communication skills even when they don’t. And the concept itself is very biased so we don’t know exactly what each candidate consider to be a “Great Communication Skills”. So what can you do? Look over their resume what did they do that can state support their claim of great communication skills. Are numbers involved? Great! Did they wrote a personalized cover letter or Summary? Perfect!

B)  You look over for past Customer Service Positions

Of course only someone who have held that position before is eligible for that role. Wrong! You can have someone who played that role before but it is not where they belong. There are actually a lot of employees who hold current positions because of their past ones without realizing how they could be investing in their real talent and passion in a different area. Look for opportunities similar to the customer service ones. Look for a people-oriented person who clearly demonstrate their power in leading/managing/motivating others. If someone writes you saying they are looking for a customer service position but they don’t have the experience yet, call them for an interview. That’s what you need, people motivated to passionately work in your company.

C)  You don’t look over nothing and you just follow your gut

Following you gut can be as effective as over-analyzing everything. In fact, it can be more effective. You already know what you are looking for and you know what the company needs. So try to read a resume and imagine if after reading it that person would be perfect for the role or not. Is there something that really excites you about that specific resume? Call that candidate for an interview.

2.       You are the candidate

Imagine you are a recruiter and you arelooking for a person for that position, go through all the topics above and then look at your resume and fix what you need to fix. Another option is to write about why you are the right person for that role. Write it just for you, not like a cover letter. You’re applying to that position because something is dragging you for it. After writing about it, look at your resume and see if it reflects what you just wrote.

There is no science about this. And this why HR subjects are so interesting and generate a lot of discussion and different opinions. The true is that there is no way to measure those skills by looking at a resume. You never know how perfect the person is for a specific job until they start working there. So don’t try to find robots. We are humans and that’s what your resume should reflect and your company should be looking for. Unique individuals that can bring that individuality to your company. Don’t be afraid to try!