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Unformatted text preview: - Vol. 1, Number 18 Words to Avoid In Your Resume Effective word choice is what really appeals to hiring managers—not action verbs and glittery modifiers. Here’s a rundown of some words that hiring managers say detract from the persuasiveness of resumes they see. Term Assist, assisted Experiment Skillfully, effectively, carefully, quickly, expert, mastered Cutting-edge, detail-oriented; coordinate, facilitate, transform; proven ability, synergy, and liaison Reasons to avoid Hiring managers want to know what you did, not how you helped. If you’re familiar enough with a task to put it on your resume, you can choose a better word than assist. No one wants to hear about what you tried to do—only what you have accomplished. Hiring managers often object to words that describe how well you do a particular task. In many cases, it comes across as boastful—and it’s unnecessary. “If you aren’t good at it, why are you putting it on your resume?” one recruiter said. Hiring managers say such words take up space without communicating much. They’ve seen them so often that the words have lost their original energy. Provide details and substance, not tired business jargon. Example Assisted marketing director by researching… Possible rephrasing Researched for marketing department. Experimented with new management software. Skillfully managed transition from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 Tested and evaluated new management software. Migrated organization from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 with no downtime during business hours. Detail-oriented manager with proven ability to oversee dayto-day network operations and to implement major technology initiatives. Supervised an eight-member staff; completed two full-scale platform migrations; consolidated equipment and resources following facilities move. 3 Please enter your email address and press Submit. Submit It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours. - Sam Ewing ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course ECE 1234 taught by Professor G.wdwdw during the Spring '10 term at St. Johns Seminary.

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