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10 Phrases That Can Sink Your Resumé & Other No-Nos

I just saw this post on yahoo News. it's from Liz Ryan - a 25-year HR veteran, a former Fortune 500 VP, and an internationally-recognized expert on careers and the new-millennium workplace.

Here are some of the phrases she says are over-used and should not be used -

Kill this: Results-oriented professional

Replace with your own version of this: I love to solve thorny supply-chain problems

Kill this: Excellent team player

Replace with your own version of this: At Acme Dynamite, I partnered with Engineering to cut our product cost in half

Kill this: Bottom-line orientation

Replace with your own version of this: My accounting-process overhaul saved the company $10M in its first year

Kill this: Superior communication skills

Replace with your own version of this: I led a two-day offsite that yielded our 2010 product lineup and a $40K cost savings

Kill this: Possess organizational skills

Replace with your own version of this: Reduced customer-complaint resolution time from three weeks to one by revamping the process

Kill this: Savvy business professional

Replace with your own version of this: I'm a PR manager who's gotten his employers covered by Yahoo! and Time magazine

Kill this: Strong work ethic

Replace with your own version of this: I taught myself HTML over a weekend in order to grab a marketing opportunity

Kill this: Meets or exceeds expectations

Replace with your own version of this: Invited to join our executive staff at a strategy summit during my first year at the company

Kill this: Strong presentation skills

Replace with your own version of this: Was recruited to join Acme Dynamite after my boss heard me speak at a conference

Kill this: Seeking a challenging opportunity

Replace with your own version of this: I'm looking for a midsize manufacturer primed to grow its business in the Pacific Rim

*Liz Ryan says *- Get the boilerplate lead out of your resume today, and replace it with concrete, visual stories that bring your power to life. Watch employers respond! You can't afford to send out another lifeless, sounds-like-everyone-else resume. Employers want the real you on the page. Try it!

Here are some real Howlers from resumés and Job Applications
The job's in the bag

I am very detail-oreinted.

My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.

Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!

Enclosed is a ruff draft of my resume.

It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.

I am a quick leaner, dependable, and motivated.

If this resume doesn’t blow your hat off, then please return it in the enclosed envelope.

My fortune cookie said, “Your next interview will result in a job.” And I like your company in particular.

I saw your ad on the information highway, and I came to a screeching halt.

Insufficient writing skills, thought processes have slowed down some. If I am not one of the best, I will look for another opportunity.

Please disregard the attached resume-it is terribly out of date.

Seek challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable.

Graduated in the top 66% of my class.

Reason for leaving last job: The owner gave new meaning to the word paranoia. I prefer to elaborate privately.

Previous experience: Self-employed-a fiasco.

Exposure to German for two years, but many words are inappropriate for business.

Experience: Watered, groomed, and fed the family dog for years.

I am a rabid typist.

I have a bachelorette degree in computers.

Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory; effective management skills; and very good at math.

Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.

I worked as a Corporate Lesion.

Reason for leaving last job: Pushed aside so the vice president’s girlfriend could steal my job.

Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel.

Objective: To have my skills and ethics challenged on a daily basis.

Special skills: Thyping.

My ruthlessness terrorized the competition and can sometimes offend.

I can play well with others.

Personal Goal: To hand-build a classic cottage from the ground up using my father-in-law.

Objective: I want a base salary of $50-$60,000 dollars, not including bonus. And some decent benefits. Like a retirement plan, health insurance, personal or sick days.

Experience: Provided correct answers to customers’ questions.

Education: Graduated from predatory school with honors.

Never been fired, although it could happen anytime now.

I have happily been a “kept man” for the past 10 years.

Have extensive experience in turkey manufactures as well as new product development and implementation.

I am accustomed to speaking in front of all kinds of audiences. I make points as well as I can.

Personal: Five children. Dog: Jasper. Cat: Morris. Gerbil: Binky.

While in military, was instrumental in creation of a treat detection system.

My compensation package at my last job included a base salary of $64,500 with excellent benefits including flextime. I am looking for a position in which I can work a more flexible schedule.

Hire me and you won’t regret it - I am funny, cute, smart and creative… really.

Referees available upon request.

Previous rank: Senior instigator.

I have recently sold my home and I now live in a large RV so I will be able to relocate quickly.

Reason for leaving: They stopped paying me.

Cover letter: Desire the chance to showcase my delightful personality, intelligence and superior judgment, which are so hard to find these days.

Personal achievements: Successfully played “Chop Sticks” on a toy piano with my big toes.

Objective: To obtain a position where I can make a difference, infecting others with my professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication.

Strengths: Impersonal skills.

Special interests: I like any projects that are fun.

Please explain any breaks in your employment career: 15 minute coffee break while working at a home improvement store.

Vocational plans: Sea World.

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Reader Comments (1)

These resume entries are hilarious. Thanks for the laugh in these hard times.
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

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