If your resume seems a little lackluster, keep it from getting moved to the bottom of the stack by taking a closer look at the words and phrases you’ve chosen to describe your experience and accomplishments. The use of cliche phrases can make your resume seem “canned”, stale and not well thought out. However, if you add statistical data to your resume that quantifies your achievements, these passe phrases take on a more substantive meaning. If you do use buzzwords, keep in mind to back it up with data!
A Proven Track Record
“I have a proven track record in medical sales, exceeding expected sales quotas for an average of 27% per year for the last 10 years.”
“I was especially chosen by the CFO from a staff of 10 analysts to help with an auditing project that reclaimed $350,000 of misallocated funds.
Excellent Communication Skills
“I served as a company spokesperson in several local news broadcasts which cast me as an industry expert and directly brought 78 prospective clients to seek our corporate information.”
Impeccable Organization Skills
“I was able to re-architect the flow of customer service phone inquires which resulted in a 4 minute reduction in problem resolution time.”
“I served effectively with all levels of staff on 5 different internal corporate committees and on the Board for 4 various community organizations.”
Willing to Go the Extra Mile
“I took the initiative to work late and come in early to complete a major grant application before the due date which resulted in the company scoring higher and ultimately being awarded one million in funding.”
As you can see, this resume how to will help you put your achievements into actionable, measurable statements rather than ambiguous cliches. A well-written resume that states what you’ve done in words and shows what you’ve done with quantifiable data will build a strong case for your credentials and credibility with a future employer. It is always a good idea to have a fresh set of eyes, such as a family member or friend, proof your resume to give you a new way to phrase your accomplishments