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Samantha Greenfield

Clichés, filler and fluff

Clichés, filler and fluff ... I am not talking about cotton candy! I am referring to the meaningless and often overused filler words people seem to liberally spatter throughout their resumes.

Does your resume repeat "Responsible for..." or "Duties include..."? Other resume fillers I often see include "strong communication skills," "track record of success," "experience working in fast-paced environment." If these phrases are included more that once in your resume, I guarantee you will be boring the reader!

In a 2009 CareerBuilder survey, employers cited these common phrases as overused and often ignored by hiring managers:

  • People person: 39 percent

  • Go-getter: 38 percent

  • Team player: 33 percent

  • Hard-working: 29 percent

  • Multitasker: 28 percent

  • Self-starter: 27 percent

  • Results- or goal-oriented: 22 percent

A resume has to be accomplishment driven and results oriented not filled with empty promises! Since this is not a resume, I am going to use the cliché "Show me, don't just tell me"!

Warm regards -


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