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10 Phrases to never use on a resume

You want to sound smart and savvy on your resume, and the best way to do that is never use these 10 worn-out and cliched phrases. Instead, write a thoughtful, accurate description of your previous employment without using meaningless, hackneyed buzzwords. Using the wrong words on your resume could doom it to the bowels of the corporate shredder. The 10 worst canned phrases to use on a resume, according to LinkedIn:

  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneurial

So what do you do if you really are a dynamic and results-oriented professional, who has a proven track record as a problem solver? Write it in real words. Your own words. The most important thing you can do to get your resume noticed is to write a description of your job experience that actually illustrates what you did. Instead of saying you're a results-oriented professional, give examples of specific projects you led and the results you achieved, such as increasing sales 25 percent. List projects and work tasks that demonstrate how you solved problems and give specific examples of things you did that show how you work well as a team player. That will get you noticed.

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