Three Things to Take Off of Your Resume

Your resume is your first line of attack.  It's the first thing a hiring manager sees and the only thing they have to decide whether you're worth an interview.  Don't just tell them how awesome you are, show  them, and avoid these three vague words/phrases.

Every company wants to hire people who are team players.  Being a true team player means you are constantly looking for ways to contribute to the profitability of the entire company, not just your department or the person/people you support.  It’s more about adaptability than it is about skill; if some unforeseen circumstance left another department short-handed, how willing would you be to move over temporarily and help out? To what extent can the company rely on you?  What if the mail room revolted? Would you distribute the day’s correspondence (and do so with a smile)?  How flexible are you?  You’re not claiming to be an expert at the tasks associated with pitching in and helping other people or departments, but you do possess the willingness and desire to step up should the circumstances require it. 

Instead of stating you’re a team player, detail situations in which you demonstrated you are a team player. 

When a hiring manager posts a job ad that states the ideal candidate has impeccable attention to detail, what it really means is the company doesn’t want to put someone on payroll who will repeatedly make silly mistakes.  It also means they want to hire an individual that can identify problems and develop (or at least conceptualize) solutions that others may have overlooked.  Paying attention to details isn’t just making sure you’ve crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s.  Awareness is an essential component of being attentive to details.

Instead of stating you pay attention to details, outline a process you implemented that saved the company/department/person/people you support time and/or money.

When a candidate states they are proactive, the hiring manager is left scratching their heads in confusion.  You shouldn’t have to have your hand held.  The expectation of any employee is that they will actively seek out opportunities or projects they can contribute to without waiting for someone to bark orders at them.

Instead of stating that you are proactive, describe a project you were involved in from conception to completion, and how your role contributed to the outcome of that project.