If you’ve been on the job hunt for any length of time, you’ve probably adopted a certain “accepted” way of speaking and resume writing that includes a mess of lingo, buzzwords, and jargon.
Jobseekers love jargon because it makes them seem trendy, ambiguously amazing, and complex. But what they often don’t know is that employers aren't as enthusiastic. Not only do clichés and jargon provides very little information of what differentiates you from the 100 other resumes a manager has seen today—but it can be just plain boring.
When a hiring manager only has the piece of paper before them to make a quick judgment call about you, every word matters. So don’t waste precious resume space on words and phrases that everyone else is using, and that don’t offer anything about who you actually are.
A CareerBuilder survey found that the hiring managers and HR professionals prefer to see demonstrable results rather than fancy or conflated worlds. Go figure. So if you want to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of a callback, keep cliché phrases off your resume.