15) Clichés, Jargon, and Unnecessary Words
Vague cliches, stale jargon, and overused buzzwords should have no place on your resume. Employers and recruiters are interested in what you have done and how you have contributed. Flowery language and clichés without fact-based accomplishment statements to prove them will hurt you rather than help you.
Avoid words and phrases such as hardworking, detail-oriented, self-motivated, team player, go-getter, or outside-the-box thinker unless you provide concrete examples that prove and illustrate your claims.
If the buzzwords you have included in your resume are common words in the profession or industry you are targeting in your job search, they may be important keywords. Including keywords in your resume that potential employers would use to describe the qualifications sought in a candidate is essential. The right keywords help your resume perform well in applicant tracking systems (ATS).
On the other hand, don’t just fill your resume with keywords without thought. Keywords describing your relevant skills should be included within the context of your accomplishments, providing proof that you have these skills.
Do distinguish between industrywide terms and company-specific jargon. Some companies use internally invented words and phrases to describe things (systems or processes, for example) that are specific to that company. Never include company-specific jargon in your resume, as it will not make sense to anyone outside your company.