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Putting together your resume? Here’s what you need to know

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I’ve got a couple friends who were laid off and are looking for new jobs and while I’ve been helping them look for a job and been going over their resumes with them, I’ve learned some really interesting things.

If you’re looking for a job and want to stand out from the crowd (and who doesn’t?) the last thing you want to do is describe yourself as “effective” or “motivated.” But most of all, don’t say you’re “creative.” Why? Because everyone else uses those words. LinkedIn checked out their over 135 million member profiles to find the most overused buzzwords people in all industries use to describe themselves and their work. So what are the top 10 most overused resume buzz words?

  • Creative
  • Organizational
  • Effective
  • Extensive experience
  • Track record
  • Motivated
  • Innovative
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Dynamic

Since the competition for the best jobs is pretty fierce, you should word your online profile or your resume so it stands out. That means using words others don’t. So, instead of describing who you are and what you’ve done in vague and meaningless language, illustrate your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. The best way to do this is through concrete examples that showcase your skills and achievements.

Also keep this in mind- a firm, solid handshake is an important part of a successful job interview.  Your handshake is a trigger that sets off an interviewer’s overall impression of you. Make sure you give a firm handshake and look the person interviewing you straight in the eyes as you shake their hand.

Source: LinkedIn

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