Skip to main content

Words to Avoid in Your Online Resume

When writing an online resume there are many words that you should try to include, and many that you should avoid.  We will go over some of the worst possible words to use in your online resume, so that you can avoid them at all costs.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Many job seekers are quick to throw all kinds of abbreviations around thinking that it will make them sound more in tune with the industry.  But too many and your online resume will start to look like secret code.  Include only those that are widely known, and leave out the rest.  If your industry is known for acronyms (like the computer industry) use them sparingly in your online resume.

Personal Pronouns

Yes, we understand that your online resume is actually about you, but you shouldn't use personal pronouns like I, me, or my in your writings.  Using the word I can get redundant pretty quickly and can leave a recruiter uninterested.  Instead, keep it concise and never refer to yourself with a personal pronoun.

Negative Words

Negativity is never a good thing when it comes to an online resume.  It doesn't matter why you left your last job, never bring up words like: arrested, bored, fired, hate, or sexist.  These words stick out to a recruiter, and your resume will likely only make it to the trash bin. If you had issues that you would like to bring up to your potential employer- save it for the actual interview. 

Keep It Simple

While some words are unavoidable, it is important to scan your document to spot any overuse.  Some of the most common offenders are: a, also, an, because, the, and very.  Try to come up with a different way to say things to keep your resume interesting and well received.  Remember recruiters often read hundreds of online resumes a day, so do your part to keep them awake.

Also, avoid using terms and phrases that you don't understand.  Many job seekers will pick out big words to make themselves appear smarter, but it can end up backfiring in the interview.  So above all else- keep it simple!


Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 [FREE] Writing Courses on Youtube That Are Packed With Massive Value

This is a friendly reminder that the best things in life really are FREE, and that includes full spectrum writing courses on Youtube that teach you just about everything you will need to know about operating as a competent, reliable, and skilled copywriter. Sure, you could pay for courses and there's nothing wrong with that. But why not take advantage of a free opportunity? Here are  Top 20 [FREE] Writing Courses on Youtube That Are Packed With Massive Value. 1. Simple Learning's Copywriting Course In this course, writers will learn how to write write product descriptions, multiply sales, and how to influence your readers. Course contains very little fluff - only the most important principles are shared throughout the video.  2. Simplilearn's Full Course Content Marketing Tutorial For Beginners Every content writer and marketer wants that coveted #1 spot on Google. Heck, most want to get to the front page at the very least. This course is all about ranking high on Google an

How To Get People To Know That Your Book Is Out There

Ok, so you wrote that perfect novel, and rewrote it again and again until it's perfect.  Then you found either a Publisher or Agent to represent you.  Your book has been through the editing stage, cover art finalized, and a published Date assigned, now what?  Is the job done?  Have you did all you needed to do to make this book a success?  Nope, you have only begun.  Now you have to market that book, get  it into book stores, let people know it is available.  First off, you need to find out from your Publisher or Agent where you book will be available, who is doing reviews and any promoting they plan on doing.  Once you have the answers to these questions you now know where to start.  A review is the first step to getting your book known.  You can begin requesting reviews as soon as the Publisher has a final proof copy available.  Most review sites can be found in the Search Engines by simply typing the genre of your book. Examples includes romance and sci-fi, and book r

How to Multiply Your Freelance Work

You can turn your $200 fee to write a press release into $2,000 to  carry out an entire PR campaign simply by convincing clients to  invest in campaigns, instead of individual assignments. Campaigns  achieve better results and cost less in the long-term for clients, compared to individual assignments. And, of course, as the  freelancer, you get paid much more for turning out a succession of  assignments that assimilate a successful campaign. Here's how to multiply your writing sales by convincing clients to  invest in long-term campaigns, instead of short-term individual  assignments. • Know the short-term and long-term results. A client approaches you to write a brochure. He may or may not know that his product can  also benefit from other types of promotional pieces, such as ads,  direct mail, news releases, websites, and so on, to sell his product  or service. Your job is to educate the client. The brochure may be  the first promotional piece in a consortium of promotion