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12/02/14

Empty language: Your resume should be less fluff more results driven

The tendency when it comes to writing your resume is to try to make what you do, or have done, in your career sound much more important than it really is.
Now, don't misunderstand what that means, exactly. That isn't suggesting that you shouldn't be proud of raising your sales 12% in the fourth quarter of a down year or that you took a modest budget of $5,000 and turned it into $25,000 in revenue in less time than previous years.
Those tangible statistics show that you're a "driver" within your company, the proverbial "mover and shaker" in the group. In other words, you get results.
And that, ultimately, is what a company, more specifically human resources manager or hiring boss, wants to see when they gander at your resume. What tends to show a lack of personal touch and ingenuity as it relates to your resume is the tendency to downplay failures, blame co workers or use tired words and phrases to describe what you're either doing currently or have done in the past.
Words like "oversee," "coordinate" and "managed" are generic, not necessarily bad, but need some sort of specificity or clarification as to how you did those things and what the end results were.

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Nothing speaks volumes of your character in a bad way like using your resume to finger point and name scapegoats as to why one job didn't pan out the way you would have hoped. If you have a resume that shows a lot of jobs and very little time at each, you should consider leaving them off the resume rather than start grasping at straws to explain why you only were at a place for six months. The general rule of thumb is to only include jobs and career experience that runs parallel with the job at hand.
Equally harmful to your resume in addition to short career stints are gaps in employment. You should make it a point to address those on your resume in some form or fashion or even touch on the "whys" in your cover letter.
If the gaps were because you were fired from another job and you didn't have the drive to start looking elsewhere, that's on you. But if you went back to school, took a few classes or did something that would be considered career oriented, don't leave that off your resume.
Taking a few precautions with your resume could be difference between landing that ideal job or only dreaming about a position you could have had a better chance had your resume been a little more realistic, honest and professional.

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