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10 Boilerplate Phrases That Kill Resumes

Liz Ryan writes on The Savvy Network blog at Yahoo, the 10 Boilerplate Phrases That Kill Resumes.  Check it out:

Here are the worst 10 boilerplate phrases — the ones to seek out and destroy in your resume as soon as possible:

  • Results-oriented professional
  • Cross-functional teams
  • More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience
  • Superior (or excellent) communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Met or exceeded expectations
  • Proven track record of success
  • Works well with all levels of staff
  • Team player
  • Bottom-line orientation

She does make a good point to get your own voice on the resume.  Or how I worked it with a local career coach, develop your brand.

So this begs a question:

If you don’t want these in on your resume, should they be apart of your elevator speech, for example, 30 second introduction?

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