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Hiring managers rank the best and worst words for resumes

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A national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder in 2013. The survey consisted of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals within a variety of industries and company size.

Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder stated “Hiring managers prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments.” Employers are not interested in hearing someone say they are results driven, they want to see the actual results and facts that prove the person is results driven.

Based on the survey, here's a list of the Worst and Best Resume Terms:

Résumé turn-offs

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

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

Article Source: CareerBuilder Survey

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