In this day and age, everybody is trying to impress, especially as part of a job search. While this is an obvious goal, being too “try-hard” paints an unfavorable picture of you to the reader. If you are applying for a job, make sure you avoid making these 6 common writing habits on your resume to make you appear more real and less full of it.
Don’t Use Big Words
If you wouldn’t use certain words in a conversation, do not use them on a job application. Compare the following two sentences. While the former is an example of ‘trying too hard’, the latter is an example of how you can keep sentences in your resume, short and sweet –
– I would like to enquire about the openings in your company pertaining to the HR department.
– I am curious to know if there are any HR openings with your company.
The former is not only pompous but, there are arguably different ways to interpret it. The second second on the other hand is clear and to the point and thus is an example of good communication.
Don’t Sell Yourself With Adjectives
If you are writing a cover letter and you are using words like ‘energetic, focused and determined’ to describe yourself, people are most likely not going to believe them. Those words have no substance at all and are essentially, a waste of ink. Show them evidence of you being determined and energetic instead. Clear examples naturally have substance and hence mean much, much more.
There are millions of people like you who claim that they ‘have the right experience for the job’. What makes you any different? So show the company ‘WHY’ you have the right sort of experience to take on the job. Pick a stand-out point and elaborate as to why you are the right candidate and why the company should hire you.
Strike Out Incoherent Words
Strike out the words, ‘utilize’ or ‘such as’. This not only makes your resume look informal but will definitely not grab eyeballs when a recruiter is going through your profile. Look poised and mature by letting your guard down and using words like ‘like’ instead.
Be Real, Be Raw
Never show off. Nobody wants to know if you are a business ‘guru’, especially if you have just graduated. A company is more likely to look for candidates that are still able to learn and adapt.
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