Where Buzzwords Fit In Your Resume

Where do buzzwords fit into your resume? Read this post to find out!

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Compare these two statements:

  • “Proactive leader of manufacturing teams.”
  • “Achieved a 20% increase in productivity by reorganizing manufacturing teams.”

The first statement uses the buzzword “proactive” but is unsupported by facts.

The second statement would light up the eyes of any manufacturing executive or recruiter.

Every time buzzwords take over from substantial fact, your resume becomes weaker, until it could apply to any job applicant anywhere. But your goal is to stand out, to become the one candidate everyone wants to meet. To achieve, that, you have to throw out the buzzwords and become specific.

Compare these two statements:

  • “Expert in the use of state-of-the-art technology to design fully functional websites.”
  • “Designed corporate website using Joomla for $4 million company.”

The second sentence is three words shorter but a whole lot more impressive. When you avoid buzzwords in your resume, you create room for the facts that will win you your next job.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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