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Right Language and Phrases

Be aware of and avoid using improper language or vague phrases in your resume. Below are common mistakes seen in resumes.


Avoid using pronouns in your resume. Using pronouns (I, we, me, us) will create a less professional-sounding resume.


Common words (buzzwords) will produce an overstuffed resume with no real substance. Express details and use Adjectives.

Vague Phrases

Avoid being too vague. Elaborate concisely and add substance to your phrases with specific details.

Action Verbs

Avoid using common phrases, such as “responsible for” or “led.” Instead, use action verbs to highlight accomplishments and experiences. Here are alternative action verbs that will make your resume more compelling.

Avoid using repetitive action verbs or phrases in your resume. You do not want to have a resume filled with statements all starting with “responsible for.” Be creative in using action verbs to capture measurable details.

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