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Best of breed, worst on your resume

No one told me to write this blog post. I'm self-motivated and a hard worker, also a team player, because when I write a blog it contributes to the overall success of my company. Maybe you could call me a go-getter or a go-to person, because I proactively decided to write this blog, hoping that it creates synergy with my workplace beat. The dynamic approach I'm taking reveals that I think outside the box. Bottom-line: I hope you read on and appreciate my thought leadership on this important topic. It's a value add for the Inquirer and Philly.com

Best of breed, worst on your resume

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No one told me to write this blog post. I'm self-motivated and a hard worker, also a team player, because when I write a blog it contributes to the overall success of my company. Maybe you could call me a go-getter or a go-to person, because I proactively decided to write this blog, hoping that it creates synergy with my workplace beat. The dynamic approach I'm taking reveals that I think outside the box. Bottom-line: I hope you read on and appreciate my thought leadership on this important topic. It's a value add for the Inquirer and Philly.com

And if I use any of these terms in a resume, I won't get the job, according to survey of hiring managers by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilders, the online job board. They are too cliched, and even I flinch at best of breed. Can't even imagine what breed reporters are in! Look at the worst list and then scroll down for better choices.

The Worst Résumé Terms

The following terms are résumé turn-offs as selected by respondents:

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

The Best Résumé Terms

There are, however, several strong verbs and terms candidates can use to help describe their experience. The following are terms employers would like to see on a résumé:

  1. Achieved: 52 percent
  2. Improved: 48 percent
  3. Trained/Mentored: 47 percent
  4. Managed: 44 percent
  5. Created: 43 percent
  6. Resolved: 40 percent
  7. Volunteered: 35 percent
  8. Influenced: 29 percent
  9. Increased/Decreased: 28 percent
  10. Ideas: 27 percent
  11. Negotiated: 25 percent
  12. Launched: 24 percent
  13. Revenue/Profits: 23 percent
  14. Under budget: 16 percent
  15. Won: 13 percent
Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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