Are you stuck for something to write in the “Professional Profile” part of your resume? Have you, after minutes – or perhaps hours – of indecision, watched yourself type: “I am a hard-working…” or “dynamic”, err… “team-player”?
After all, you’ve seen those words on resumes of other people; surely they must work?
Well, by doing so you’ve just placed your resume into the pile of all those other, unimaginative, grey job applications that make recruiters’ eyes glaze over and their mouse reach for the trash icon.
Clichés compromise your candidacy because, despite sounding fancy, they take up valuable real estate on your resume without articulating why you should be hired over another, similarly qualified candidate.
So, before you send out your resume to any recruiters, be sure to perform a quick audit and remove any mentions of the following: