Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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Fluffy Buzzwords

While it can be tempting to throw a few buzzwords such as "proactive" and "self-motivated" into a professional summary, recruiters know these terms are mere fluff and won't be impressed when they see them. In fact, a survey by CareerBuilder found these words to be among hiring managers' top 17 resume turn-offs. Instead of telling employers that you're a "value-add," use strong action verbs that explain how you were able to improve a process, increase revenue or cut costs.

You have six seconds to make a great first impression. Go!

Seriously, a recent study by TheLadders found that recruiters spend only six seconds with a resume before they determine if it's worth more of their time. That's a pretty small window, so you have to make sure you're including only the most critical data. The study found that recruiters spend almost 80 percent of their review time focusing on name, current title/company, previous title/company, previous position start and end dates, current position start and end dates and education. Beyond that, recruiters mostly looked for keywords that matched the open position.

So, get ready to Spring clean that resume. In this slideshow, Amanda Augustine, a career management expert for TheLadders, has identified 16 items you can remove from your resume right away that will help your job application avoid the hiring manager's trash pile.


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