Standing Out

By, 12/13/2011

Updating your résumé over the holidays? Career Builder has some handy advice: 10 Useless Résumé Words (and 10 Eye-Catching Ones).

Firms receive dozens of resumes, so it’s important to make yours stand out. One way is to avoid over-used adjectives like outstanding, energetic and strong. Many applicants describe themselves like this, yet most probably don’t include any evidence of their greatness. Skip the generalizations, and go straight to your accomplishments. Verbs like created, improved and developed are useful here. And if you’ve won an award in school or a previous job, say so! If you concisely describe the things you’ve done, chances are you’ll impress a hiring manager much more than if you provide broad generalizations. And that probably increases the chances you get a call back.

So when you’re updating your résumé, remember: Don’t just say you’re great; show why you’re great.