Money Matters: Study reveals best and worst resume terms

Reported by: Brittany Price
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Updated: 5/21/2014 9:39 am
It's a competitive business world, and resumes pile up. 

"You may have 100 on your desk. You may even have 200," former business owner and member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Christye Weld said.  

Weld said the way you describe yourself on a resume can set you apart from a stack or get you tossed in the trash. 

"It's just like speaking with someone. If they say a word that sets off a red flag in your mind or just isn't quite right for what you're looking for, that's immediately going to effect your feeling about that person," Weld said.  

A survey by indicates the top three worst resume terms.

  1.  Best of breed.
  2. Go-Getter.
  3. Think outside the box. 

"You see them over and over and they're tag-lines you know they picked off someone else's resume," Weld said.  

Weld said the problem with those terms is that they're just too generic. 

"So if someone says 'I'm an excellent communicator.' What does that really mean? What is excellent?" Weld questioned.

In addition, they're not measurable.

"You really want to focus on statistics. Include that you had this percentage of a success rate," Weld said.  

It's no surprise the best resume terms are ones that can be associated with numbers.

  1.  Achieved.
  2. Improved.
  3. Trained. 
"Something that proves you've been successful in something you've done in the past," Weld said.  

In addition to word-choice, presentation is also a factor. 

"You're going to look at the ones that are put together in a quick, concise way," Weld said.  

Weld also suggests job-seekers have respected professionals read over resume drafts before sumbitting applications.
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