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The 17 worst terms HR can find on resumes

There are 17 terms that HR pros and hiring managers have identified as major turn-offs on resumes.

These terms were identified in a CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Poll and included responses from 2,201 hiring managers and HR representatives.

The main problem with the terms outlined below: They help candidates talk a big game but usually result in a lack of proof that the job seekers’ achieved any actual results.

Now without further ado, here are the worst turn-off terms you can find on resumes, according to your peers:

  1. Best of breed — identified by 38% of HR/hiring pros
  2. Go-getter — 27%
  3. Think outside of the box — 26%
  4. Synergy — 22%
  5. Go-to person — 22%
  6. Thought leadership — 16%
  7. Value add — 16%
  8. Results-driven — 16%
  9. Team player — 15%
  10. Bottom-line — 14%
  11. Hard worker — 13%
  12. Strategic thinker — 12%
  13. Dynamic — 12%
  14. Self-motivated — 12%
  15. Detail-oriented — 11%
  16. Proactively — 11%
  17. Track record — 10%

15 terms you want to see

Survey participants also shared the terms they want to see.

These are terms HR/hiring pros thought helped candidates better convey past job results or performance:

  1. Achieved — 52%
  2. Improved — 48%
  3. Trained/Mentored — 47%
  4. Managed — 44%
  5. Created — 43%
  6. Resolved — 40%
  7. Volunteered — 35%
  8. Influenced — 29%
  9. Increased/Decreased –28%
  10. Ideas — 27%
  11. Negotiated — 25%
  12. Launched — 24%
  13. Revenue/Profits — 23%
  14. Under budget — 16%
  15. Won — 13%

http://www.hrmorning.com/the-17-worst-terms-hr-can-find-on-resumes/