People who review resumes hate “fluff”, those that do nothing but fill space in a resume, particularly the self-assessment terms ones. A resume is an advertisement intended to attract the reader and make that person want to grab the telephone and call you. Fluff detracts from your purpose of creating the resume. Eliminate fluff. Sell the results of your work!
Replace Self-Assessing Adjectives
Replace terms that describe character with specific content to demonstrate how you accomplished or achieved something. Rather than saying “successful”, “dedicated”, “motivated”, “outstanding”, “results oriented”, etc., describe what you accomplished, the results of your work. Prove you are “results-oriented” by describing a results on your resume and how you achieved them. Which is more better: “outstanding customer satisfaction record” or “achieved 98% customer satisfaction rating with over 1000 customer responses.“ If you don’t actually have numbers, you can approximate percentages: “Introduced new procedures that slashed cycle times approximately 20%.”
Use Numbers and Symbols
Hiring managers are charged with achieving results usually measured in numbers. Numbers and symbols quickly jump out at them, so show them you are “results-oriented” rather than saying so; use numbers whenever you can. Dollars are always great to use, but percentages often are a good alternative because they show the impact of your efforts. They can be improved by showing the magnitude of the change as well. If I increased something from 1 to 2, I have changed it by 100%, but if I increase it from 100 to 101, I have only changed it by 1%. That’s quite a difference.
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