The Top 10 Overused Words Not to Include on your Resume

By web gangsta | Published:

Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer
Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer

When was the last time you had to write a resume?

You never know when you may find yourself in a situation where you may need to produce your resume at a moment’s notice.  Web Watch recommends that once a year, you take out your existing resume and update it with the past 12 months-worth of accomplishments, while your most recent job review is fresh in your mind.

It won’t hurt, and then you have it ready on the off-chance that a recruiter calls you with “The Most Ultimate Job Opportunity Ever… if I can have your resume in my hands by 3:00pm today…”


First, don’t worry about resume length anymore.  The old standard one- or two-page limit has gone out the door with electronic resume submissions — more so if you’re been relatively successful at your job and have a lot of accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to talk about.

Second, get a LinkedIn profile page if you’re actively job-hunting. Think of it as an online resume supplement.

The above link has some additional tips as well, including these TOP TEN MOST OVERUSED WORDS ON RESUMES:

  • innovative
  • dunamic
  • motivated
  • extensive experience
  • results-oriented
  • proven track record
  • team player
  • fast-paced
  • problem solver
  • entrepreneurial

Why exclude these terms?  Because everybody has these phrases on their resumes, and you don’t want to be the same as everybody else – your resume needs to help you stand out from the crowd.