When you’re in the midst of a stressful job search, it’s often difficult for you to understand the position of the hiring manager. You just want a job and he/she is the one person standing between you and said job.

But we’re here to remind you that hiring managers are spending their day looking at large quantities of resumes, cover letters, and conducting interviews. It’s no walk in the park either. Their job is to figure out what makes you unique and why you’d be the perfect candidate for the position. And if your resume contains the same ole tired words everyone else is using, you’re proving that you’re nothing special.  And you can bet your resume is getting tossed in the recycle bin.

To make your resume stand out and to make the hiring managers job a bit easier, here are some words you should delete from your resume right now:

  1. Utilized – you may think this is a smarter way of saying “used”, but hiring managers are on to you. Keep it simple. Stick with “used”, but also remember to go into detail on what you used, how you used it and what you accomplished while using it.
  2. Worked – well, we hope you worked. Again, be more specific. Words like “facilitated”, “launched”, “calculated”, these are better options that explain your work more precisely.
  3. Assisted – give yourself a little more credit. Sure you may have “assisted” with that big project, but you’re trying to sell yourself here. “Collaborated” or “contributed” are much better verbs to use in a resume.

Looking for more job search or resume advice? Your local professional staffing agency is a great resource. And if you’re looking for IT jobs in Dallas-Fort Worth, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions to find your next career today.