17 Things You Should Never Say On A Job Application


Subjective terms and cliches are seen as negative because they don’t convey real information,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Don’t say you are ‘results-driven’; show the employer your actual results.”

The job-search site surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers to find out their most hated resume terms. “Best of breed” topped the list, with 38 percent of respondents saying it was their most despised resume term.

The other terms you should you avoid, along with the percentage of hiring managers calling these terms their pet peeve:

2. Go-getter (27 percent)

3. Think outside the box (26 percent)

4. Synergy (22 percent)

5. Go-to person (22 percent)

6. Thought leadership (16 percent)

7. Value add (16 percent)

8. Results-driven (16 percent) […]

via Job applicants: Leave the jargon at home – CBS News.


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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