When you submit your resume to an employer for review, is it getting the attention it deserves? Or is it immediately thrown into the trash?
Likewise, are the words you use in a job interview ones that will get you hired?
What kinds of words are you using to express your skills and experiences? Are they words that will impress an employer? Or are they words that every employer has heard or read from just about every applicant?
Think carefully about the words you’re choosing when you list your skills and accomplishments.
Cliché words are ones that are used so often that they essentially have no meaning anymore. For example, do you tell employers that you’re a “great team player”? Employers have heard this phrase over and over again.
Your job, as the applicant, is to explain, very specifically, how and why you’re the best applicant for the job.
Instead you might write or say something like, “(I) Collaborated with individuals from multiple departments to solve an international logistics problem, resulting in a successful close on a $100 million deal” on your resume.
The word “collaborated” indicates that you work well on a team, and, since you used it in a sentence that used specific numbers and a particular situation to explain how you work well on a team, you’re telling the employer exactly what they want to hear: why you’re the best person to choose for the position.
Check out these links for vocabulary to help you get away from the mundane (boring) resume and job interview words that no employer wants recited (words people say that are memorized):