My friend, Don Goodman, from Resume Wizards recently gave me his personal 18-point checklist for creating a good resume.
As I read through it, all the bad resumes I've ever read came flashing baplck to me. Your resume is the often the first impression an emoyer has of you. Talk about tough?! That 8 1/2x11 inch document often holds the power to get you in the 'yes' or 'no' pile for an interview.
I see dozens of resumes each week from people who are struggling to land the coveted interview.
You'd be amazed at how many people forget this is a document they are writing about themselves. Which means, over-stating your abilities sounds boastful and even worse... desperate. The following are words I've personally seen used on resumes. If you want to come across as the "talented yet humble" professional that you really are, consider eliminating these words from it:
- Guru: No, you are not a mystical person from another physical realm. You are a professional who uses their smarts to get results.
- Emperor: You are also not the head of a foreign country.
- Star: Well, unless you are in a band that sells out stadiums weekly, you can't claim this one.