Five keys to identifying committed partnerships in recruiting

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So, why should we work with your company?

Well maybe you can’t be that direct with a client, but you should be thinking it.  The companies you represent in the market are your brand, and as marketing experts will tell you, your brand is your most valuable asset.  So, if you are known in the industry for working with any client for any fee, your brand becomes devalued.  Here at Joseph Chris Partners, we have 40 years of industry knowledge and experience under our proverbial belt. Clients come to us for hiring solutions, and that has allowed us to be very selective when choosing our partners.

Early in my sales career I was told that the only thing worse than no contract is a bad contract.  That applies to clients as well.  If you don’t vet your client and negotiate a fair contract, then you open yourself up to recurring disappointment and failure.  Good recruiters are like any other professional in any type of business:  you must respect yourself, your company and your profession.  If you suspect the client does not share that view, then move on.  We spend too much time and effort on a search not to be respected and treated like a business partner.

So how should you handle yourself when you have the prospective client on the phone or sitting in front of you?

1.)   Go into the meeting or make the call with a positive, open minded attitude, but be prepared to say no thanks to a bad deal.

2.)   Do your research and show interest in their company history and business model.

3.)   Who is the hiring manager, and can I contact that person directly? If you don’t have a direct line to the hiring manager or a senior human resources professional, it’s best to move on.

4.)   Find out if the vacant position is a source of pain for the business. Is it a replacement search or is it a new position?  I once had a prospective client tell me they were just sticking their toe in water.  They wanted to see what kind of talent was out there. Yes, that was a no!

5.)   Are they using other recruiters? Do they have their own talent acquisition team?  I usually say no if they are using more third-party recruiters.  To me that is a signal that they have trust issues with recruiters and are probably putting me in the same category.  I usually tell them that my time is too valuable to compete with other search firms and to re-plow the same ground.  

These are just a few of the questions you can ask.  The point is that you need to negotiate a fair contract with a client that sees you as a valuable service provider/problem solver, not as a necessary evil.  Be fair, honest and straight forward in your communication and actions. You may gain a valuable client and business partner.  And the potential loss by not taking every client?  Protecting your personal brand and that of your company, and not wasting your time and resources.

Written By: Mark Hall, Executive Partner

 

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List Of Good Buzzwords For Resume

Did you know that there are words recruiters hate to see on a resume? Words, phrases and jargons that are considered overused and abused would make your CV less desirable, resulting to your chances of getting the job being shot.

Some of the words that are best avoided include go-getter, go-to person, strategic thinker, detail-oriented, hard worker, team player, results-driven, and think outside the box.

Employers don’t want to know if you are a team player, but they do want to know how you saved company resources, money and time on a team project, or while collaborating with other members.

It’s not enough that you tell them you are results-driven, but they would prefer a list of what you have actually accomplished during your tenure.

Should you use the opposite of these words, then? Not quite. Apparently, there are buzzwords suitable to a particular career, and there are power words and phrases to go with them.

Experts suggest that you focus on transferrable skills, and then present it using action verbs.

For example, when applying for a job in communication, you should highlight the following transferable skills:
Editing, Explaining, Speaking, Listening, Writing, Promoting, Mediating, Interpreting, Influencing

When presenting these skills in your resume, use the appropriate power words. These include:
Achieved, Convinced, Developed, Enhanced, Facilitated, Handled, Performed, Resolved, Negotiated

Why Do You Need To Use These Words?

To catch an employer’s or recruiter’s attention. They too have their own buzzword, such as problem-solving, communicating clearly, showing leadership, listening, conceptualizing and negotiating.

But you can’t guess them all, right? Well, you should know that the main skills employers are looking for fall into four categories.

1. Effective Communication
Employers are looking for candidates who listen to instructions and act on them with as minimal guidance as possible. Someone who understands the first time is a real bonus. But they also want an employee who can effectively communicate both written and verbally, and who can organize their thoughts in order to present them clearly and logically.

2. Organization
Organized thoughts mean that your mental folders are neatly filed and properly labelled. This translates to clearer focus and better thought processing. In the working world, prioritizing and organizing are essential, and failure to achieve both can prove disastrous, not only to the employee, but also the employer.

3. Problem-Solving
The ability to find resolution to most job challenges, no matter how small, can be quite impressive. Employers want assurance that you would be able to overcome any challenge thrown your way, this is why problem-solving skills is on top of their list. The same skill would also help you process data, formulate a vision, make transactions and reach a resolution.

4. Leadership
Leadership is about having a strong self-confidence, accompanied by a comprehensive knowledge of the goals of an organization. With these qualities, an employee can inspire and motivate other people, providing a good foundation for teamwork. Employers aren’t just looking for staff, but future leaders as well. So you must highlight your leadership qualities.

How to Use the Buzzwords on Your Resume

Start by making a list of skills and transferrable skills that fall under any of the four categories listed above. Then, choose the appropriate power words to go along with it. Below is a list of words that you can use.

Transferrable Skills

Clerical
Bookkeeping, Computing, Classifying, Collecting, Recording, Compiling, Examining, Organizing, Filing

Creative
Designing, Visualizing, Developing, Illustrating, Establishing, Inventing, Performing, Improvising, Revitalizing

Financial
Accounting, Projecting, Administering, Auditing, Allocating, Balancing, Calculating, Forecasting, Investing

Human Relations
Advising, Representing, Assisting, Listening, Counseling, Empathizing, Motivating, Guiding, Serving

Management
Consulting, Communicating, Coordinating, Directing, Delegating, Leading, Evaluating, Planning, Negotiating, Persuading

Public Relations
Conducting, Writing, Consulting, Planning, Informing, Presenting, Representing, Promoting, Researching, Responding

Problem Solving
Analyzing, Examining, Planning, Appraising, Diagnosing, Reasoning, Executing, Validating, Proving, Recognizing

Research
Assessing, Investigating, Evaluating, Calculating, Examining, Collecting, Diagnosing, Interviewing, Extrapolating

Technical
Adjusting, Repairing, Drafting, Aligning, Assembling, Observing, Engineering, Installing, Operating

Buzzwords / Power Words / Action Verbs

A
Achieved, Accomplished, Acted, Advised, Adapted, Advanced, Appointed, Altered, Arranged, Assigned, Authored, Assembled, Acquired, Addressed, Allocated, Analyzed, Applied, Appraised, Approved, Arbitrated, Assessed, Assumed, Assured, Audited, Awarded, Administered

B
Built, Broadened, Briefed, Budgeted

C
Coached, Chaired, Controlled, Conceptualized, Converted, Communicated, Convinced, Counseled, Cut, Cultivated

D
Debugged, Decided, Decreased, Defined, Dispatched, Delegated, Delivered, Detected, Demonstrated, Designated, Distributed, Designed, Determined, Developed, Devised, Diagnosed, Directed, Discovered, Doubled, Drafted

E
Edited, Earned, Encouraged, Eliminated, Enhanced, Ensured, Exceeded, Evaluated, Effected, Expanded, Empowered, Expressed, Explored, Established, Engineered, Executed

F
Filed, Facilitated, Filled, Fostered, Financed, Fulfilled, Flagged, Forecasted, Formulated, Focused, Founded

G
Gathered, Gained, Generated, Grew, Granted, Guided

H
Halved, helped, handled, hired, headed

I
Identified, Integrated, Ignited, Improved, Implemented, Incorporated, Increased, Influenced, Indexed, Initiated, Inspected, Issued, Innovated, Installed, Instructed, Instituted, Insured, Interviewed, Interpreted, Introduced, Inventoried, Invented, Invested, Investigated

J
Justified, Joined

K
Kept

L
Launched, Liaised, Learned, Logged, Leased, Licensed, Lectured, Led, Lobbied

M
Maintained, Marketed, Managed, Mentored, Manufactured, Migrated, Matched, Measured, Met, Modified, Mediated, Monitored, Moved, Motivated

N
Named, Negotiated, Navigated

O
Obtained, Operated, Opened, Ordered, Overhauled, Organized, Oversaw

P
Participated, Prescribed, Patented, Pursued, Perceived, Purchased, Performed, Persuaded, Placed, Published, Planned, Posted, Presented, Presided, Processed, Procured, Proposed, Produced, Proficient, Programmed, Prohibited, Projected, Promoted, Provided, Prepared

Q
Qualified, Questioned, Quantified

R
Raised, Revised, Ranked, Restored, Rated, Received, Recognized, Replaced, Recommended, Reconciled, Recorded, Redesigned, Reduced, Regulated, Rehabilitated, Reorganized, Repaired, Replied, Reported, Represented, Rescued, Researched, Resolved, Responded, Revamped, Recruited, Reviewed, Referred

S
Saved, Supported, Scheduled, Strategized, Screened, Selected, Systematized, Served, Serviced, Started, Shaped, Shared, Showed, Sold, Solved, Sorted, Sought, Sparked, Spoke, Staffed, Steered, Streamlined, Strengthened, Stressed, Stretched, Structured, Studied, Submitted, Succeeded, Suggested, Summarized, Simplified, Superseded, Supervised, Supplied, Surveyed, Substituted

T
Tackled, Troubleshot, Targeted, Taught, Transferred, Terminated, Tested, Toured, Traced, Tracked, Traded, Tutored, Trained, Transcribed, Transformed, Trimmed, Translated, Transported, Traveled, Treated, Tripled, Turned

U
Unified, Uncovered, Understood, Unraveled, Updated, Understudied, Upgraded, Utilized

V
Verbalized, Vended, Visited, Verified

W
Waged, Wrote, Weighed, Won, Widened, Worked

There is no magical formula for writing the perfect resume, but with the use of the right words, you can better highlight your skills and convey your abilities that would prove useful for the job vacancy that need to be filled.

Best Resume Format For Executives

A good executive resume has what it takes to answer your employer’s key question that is—“What is in it for me?” As it will be reviewed by top-level recruiters, such as the CEO, COO, CFO or any member of the board, make sure that it will let them know how you will be able to help them solve issues in their business. This is what each of them wants to know!

With this in mind, you should work on your resume to convey your value to the company, and what better way to this than using the best format for this very important document? Here are some tips you can pick up:

Details to Include

A role of an executive is to have the foresight and innovation to lead a department or the entire organization to success, which means that you should illustrate such ability by providing examples. However, simply touting the accomplishments and results of your previous employers would not be enough to land the position, and you should let your next employer know what specific insights and guidance you contributed, along with the following:

  • The role you played in formulating plans and strategies.
  • Processes and tasks you completed, especially on employee coordination and management.
  • Tangible measures of executive duties you performed, including efficiency improvements, profits from specific projects and the number of employees managed.
  • Significant and relevant executive decisions you made and their impact on projects and processes.

Margins

One-inch margins can make your resume look amateur, while anything less than 0.5 inch will make it look like having too much text on the page/s or even cut it short for print quality. This means that the appropriate margins would be anything between 0.5 to 0.7 inches. By using these measurements, there will be not so much of white space and they will be enough to ensure information does not look crammed and your document looking well-balanced all throughout. Also, it will make your resume aesthetically appealing and looking professional to the one who will review it.

Font

As fonts can have a significant effect on the beauty of a resume, you should focus on choosing among those that will subtly impress, rather than detract. Here are the best font faces for an executive resume:

Arial
Though it is not particularly sophisticated, this is a sans serif font that people are familiar with. It may border on banal, but it is surely a safe bet.

Times
You might be used to using Times New Roman (TNR), as it is the one highly accepted for papers, but like Arial, it might be commonplace. Instead, you can opt for Times, which appears less awkward and condensed, especially at smaller sizes, making it suitable for digital use.

Georgia
This font was particularly designed for reading on computer screens, so it should be both easy and pleasant to read.

Garamond
This has a simple elegance that looks polished both on print and on screen.

Length

As times changed, so as the criteria for resume length. Though some experts strongly suggest to make it short (one page if possible), write your resume to be long enough to entice your employer to invite you for a job interview. Basically, there is no hard-and-fast rule for this, but you should include the most important elements in your resume, such as your career objective, occupation, years of experience, previous employers, scope of accomplishments and training and education. Keep it concise and focused on your key selling points.

Writing Guidelines

When re-working on your resume when applying for an executive position, check if you are missing some of the following elements:

Focus – To create a good executive resume, you need it to be able to deliver a clear and succinct message about the value you will bring, focusing on the target position and company. By doing so, you can clearly demonstrate your value by emphasizing the aspects of your experience and expertise that will match the employer’s needs and minimizing those that do not. Also, your focus should be consistent throughout, so if you state in the beginning that your ability to effectively utilize opportunities in new markets is your key strength, then make sure to give concrete examples of success in this area throughout the document.

Value – Keep in mind that describing your achievements is as equally powerful as citing your essential job responsibilities to make a resume effective. But as job responsibilities are simply the things that you are supposed to do, achievements show what you actually did and how your abilities can make a difference for your prospective company. However, make sure that you will be very specific when writing about accomplishments. For example, avoid saying “increased sales” without stating how much you had increased them and avoid mentioning that a workflow design you made has boosted productivity without saying what the improvement was.

Context – In order for the hiring manager to truly appreciate your achievements, he or she should be able to get valuable context. If you state that you were able to increase sales by 10%, for example, he or she might be impressed, but if you state that you were able to reverse a 4-year sales decline and increase it by 10% in the first year, then he or she will certainly appreciate your accomplishment. Simply put, try to provide context in each description of the responsibilities on your resume, rather than just merely describing it.

Good Design – True, employers would judge your resume at first glance, so make sure it is visually appealing. Its design should be clean, easy-to-read and has the quality to draw attention to key information. For example, if you want the person who will check it to focus on the top brands you have marketed, then you can highlight them on your resume.

Writing a Strong Executive Resume Really Does Make a Difference

Writing a resume might be a tedious work for you, but rushing things to complete it as quickly as possible would rob you of the opportunities that you supposedly deserve. By following the formatting and writing tips mentioned in this article, you will be able to see an improvement in the response rate to your application process.

Best Margins For Resume

When formatting your resume, it is important to use standard resume margin guidelines, as this will make your resume properly laid out on the page/s and look professional. Basically, the shape of a resume pertains to its look’s overall impact on the reader, without him or her taking into account the significance or meaning of the content. It is the very first thing that would make an impression on the reviewer and to be processed by his or her brain before he or she reads the text, recognizes your name and appreciates the paper.

One of the best tools to make your resume look good is the margins. With this in mind, here are some resume margin tips that you can pick up:

Margin Measurements

The standard margins on your resume should be about 1 inch on all sides, but you can reduce them if you need extra space. However, make sure you do not make them smaller than 0.5 inch, as this will make your resume look too busy.

Page Proportion

One of the first aspects to consider when analyzing the shape of your resume is the proportion of the page margins. The safest choice for 95% of resume writers is the 1-inch standardized margins, and it is especially useful to job applicants who do not have much experience, helping them make the typed text to seem a bit lengthier. Though margins would still be acceptable when varied by tenths of a point, it might be difficult for an amateur resume writer to truly understand what is acceptable in the industry, thus it is recommended for him or her to stick to the standard.

However, it is also possible that the standard will not always ensure a resume will stand out over the rest. As for expert resume writers, they are using precise .63-inch margins, as they feel that such a measurement brings about the perfect harmonious balance between making the text appear broader and is fuller than the larger 1-inch margins that create too much white space. You should remember that too much white space on a page can make your resume seem lacking, but too little white space would also make it feel cramped or too busy.

Typically, you should make sure that the texts of your resume are visually balanced on the page, with the top, bottom, left and right margins equal. You should follow the same format throughout your resume.

Text Alignment

Aligning a resumes is a pretty straightforward process, as it is usually left-aligned and is how most people would read text. Typically, the left side of your resume should contain the most important information, such as your job title, previous employers, achievements and responsibilities. However, there are also additional details that are appropriate to be put on the right side of the page, such as the date and job location, creating a visually balanced resume. As for the contact details and your name, they are mostly center-aligned, though you can opt to follow special styles that place contact information on the left side.

Manipulating Margins to Create Bigger Page

Changing your resume’s margins to values that are slightly less than the default settings will enlarge presentation space without crowding the page/s or compromising readability. So how can you do it?

Place the cursor at the top of the page, and from the Page Layout menu tab, select Margins, Custom Margins, and then type in the new values for all margins. You can also perform this through a shortcut by place the cursor at the top of the page, double-clicking the blue space to the left of the ruler and then typing in the new values.

Length

The length of your resume is a vital formatting factor that will make a huge impact on the overall aesthetic of the document. Like margins, the appropriate length is a contested subject within the industry, but there are some general rules you can follow to determine what the perfect length for your resume is.

Fitting Your Resume onto a Single Page

Experts generally recommend that you should limit your resume to a single page because it will make the impression that you are confident and will tell the hiring manager that your resume is strong that you do not need several pages to clearly show why he or she should pick you as the best candidate for the position. Here are some tips and tweaks to make a one-page resume without making it look too crammed:

1. Reduce margins.
One way to go about this is reducing all margins universally to drastically decrease your line count, but as the text expands towards the page’s edges, your resume will tend to sprawl. A more subtle adjustment is to decrease the right margin, as readers will not likely notice that the ragged edge of the text has been extended. You can also reduce the top margin to put your letterhead in a more typical position above your resume’s main body.

2. Get rid of unnecessary indentations by hanging bullets.
This method would work best if the texts from the bullet points are wrapping onto multiple lines. You can save lines and make your resume look extra sharp by moving the left edge of the bulleted text flush with the rest of the page and hanging the bullets out into the margin.

3. Remove extraneous line breaks by using commas, tabs and columns.
This strategy helps when you are having sections with many lines with little text on each, such as bullet points or lists. If you have these sections on your resume, you can place them adjacent to each other in a 2-column format. If this solution does not appeal to you, then you can separate list items by commas or tabs instead of line breaks.

4. Decrease the height of existing line breaks.
This one is just easy to do, where just have to move your cursor to the empty line and reduce font size. This will allow you to compress your sections together and reduce the distance between them by several points, while still maintaining the visual break that makes them look separate.

It is equally important to make your resume easy to read, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is using the right margins.

Best Font For Executive Resume

Want to make sure your resume for an executive position will really appeal to the one reviewing it? A good place to start is to type it using a legible and professional-looking font. You might think that you are the perfect candidate, but you would never know if the hiring manager can properly make out of the text on your resume.

Of course, there are hundreds of different fonts to choose from, but not all of them are befitting to use on a resume, so picking one is very important to be able to land a job. Though there are several different font families, most job seekers go for the serif family, where fonts have stylized tails and other decorative markings, such as Times New Roman (TNR), or the sans-serif family, where fonts are simpler without frills, such as Arial. It is said that that serif typefaces are associated with being reliable, respectable, impressive, traditional and authoritative, while sans-serif fonts are seen as clean, universal, stable, objective and modern.

Whatever font type you choose, it is of utmost importance that your resume typeface should show up well both in print and on a screen and be easy on the eyes regardless of formatting and size. It is also a good idea to choose a universal and standard font that works on any operating system, considering that resumes will likely be scanned by automated applicant tracking software.

As for applying for an executive position, here are the best font choices that you can have to send the right message to your potential employer:

Arial

When going for a sans-serif font, Arial would be one of your best options. As you can see, many professionals like to see this type of font because its lines are clean and it is easy to read. Though some hiring managers are finding it to be unsophisticated and banal, this tried-and-true classic font has become a standard and is definitely the safest choice you will have.

Garamond

If you are looking for an old-style font, you should consider using Garamond for your resume. This typeface, which is considered as timeless, conveys a sense of delicacy and fluidity, with a simple elegance that would look polished both in print and on screen.

Calibri

As the default font on Microsoft Word, Calibri would be an excellent option for a universally readable and safe font. Professional resume writers are strong advocates of this font style, noting that it is familiar to most renders and readers well on computer screens. It is also stated that noted that the 12-point Calibri produces a perfectly sized 2-page resume having approximately 550 to 750 words.

Times New Roman

Although the TNR might remind you of your essays during your high school and college years, this universal font remains a popular choice for writing resumes, as it will show up as clean and easy-to-read text on any computer screen. However, while it is highly readable and safe, keep in mind that, like Arial, using the TNR may be construed as unimaginative and boring, thus there is a possibility that it would not stand out in a pool of resumes.

Georgia

If you want something that is still traditional-looking as alternative to the overly used TNR, you can consider switching to the Georgia font. According to a Colorado Technical University infographic, it is recommended to use this font style because of its readability, noting that it was designed to be available on any computer and to be read on any screen.

Baskerville

A long and evidence-based study about fonts published by The New York Times in 2012 concluded that this member of the serif family is the most trusted font. It uses about the same amount of space as TNR, but the latter would be easier to read in narrative text. However, Baskerville is proven to be best used for names and section headings, where it gives a subliminal message of trust.

Trebuchet MS

If you are looking to use a sans-serif typeface, but do not want to use Arial or Verdana, can use Trebuchet MS instead. According to the certified career coach and expert for Answers.com, Chandlee Bryan, this font style is the perfect choice if you want to set yourself apart from other candidates. With it, your resume will stand out from others, as it is a slightly unusual font choice, yet not so strange that it can turn off potential employers.

As a general rule, the font you should use for an executive resume should be clear, scalable and legible. It should be professional, but not too basic; interesting, but not too playful; and modern, but not extravagant. The key here is moderation. In addition to font types, the average font size should also be carefully considered when writing an executive resume. The recommended font size is 10 to 12 for regular text and 12 to 14 for subheadings. By thinking as much about your font as the content in your resume, you can create a document that managers and HR members will be eager to read.

Finding Fonts That Work On All Types of Computers

There is a lot of cool fonts that you may be tempted to use for your resume because they look both appealing and professional, but if you want to ensure your document will translate well on Windows and Mac PCs, it is wise to choose one that is available on both operating systems. For example, you may love the Palatino Linotype on your Windows PC, but since it does not have an immediate translation on a Mac computer, it would look different from your original copy when it is pulled up on anything other than a PC running on windows.

Avoiding Fun Fonts

It is always a good idea to sidestep cursive and fun fonts, such as Comic Sans, as they lack professionalism. The only exception to this is that when you are submitting your executive resume for creative jobs, such as those in the entertainment industry. Even so, it is still best to know for sure if your target employer will be agreeable to it before making your resume.

Best Adjectives To Describe Yourself On a Resume

Can a single word make or break your job application? The answer is definitely a big “YES!” Some powerful adjectives can set a tone for your resume and help it excel over other CVs. As many people believe, using the same adjectives recruiters and employers use in their job postings would be helpful, where many of them are even utilizing applicant tracking software to look for resumes that best match what they have written. It is also fine to use closely-related synonyms.

However, it is also equally important to customize your resume in a way that it is still aligned with what your target employer is seeking. With this in mind, here are some adjectives that can make a good impression on hiring personnel and land that interview:

Agile or Flexible

You can start with these words, as they have become a favorite, but make sure you are also ready with an example of your agility or flexibility.

Resilient

It is recommended to imply that you are resilient, because many companies believe that their workplaces are stressful, so they would want job applicants to be able to manage the stress.

Dedicated, Diligent and Confident

Hiring experts recommend using these active and positive adjectives in your resume. For instance, you can use “diligent” to show your love of a job well done, “dedicated” to show your passion, motivation and willingness, and “confident” to show your knowledge of yourself and your capability to accomplish any task without hesitating or being afraid.

Proactive, Self-Starter and Having the Desire to Learn

These adjectives are best to be used if you are looking to become an assistant, designer or a member of a virtual team for an online business. As you can see, implying that you have these traits will make such an employer wanting to take the chance to work with you. But again, you have to present some examples of how you are having these qualities, rather than just saying that you are.

Role-Highlighting Adjectives

Other effective adjectives that you can place strategically on your resume to highlight your role in a company include “prompt”, “thorough”, “complex”, “team-centered”, cost-effective”, “extensive”, “customer-focused” and “innovative”.

Words to Stay Away From as Much as Possible

While there are suggested adjectives to place on your resume, there are also those that can cost you your success.

1. “Expert”
It is commonly believed that it would take a person around 10,000 hours of practice in a particular field for him to become an expert, so before you dub yourself as such on your resume, take time to consider whether you have really reached such a status. Also, would your employer consider you to be an expert? Sparingly use words of authority if you do not have the experience to support it.

2. “Guru” or “Master”
Some words, such as these, just seem a little arrogant or pretentious, so try to avoid using them to represent your experience.

3. “Organized”
As most employees have to be organized to a certain degree to perform efficiently, you cannot tell hiring personnel that you have such a trait, as you might be setting up a false expectation that you are “more organized” than other candidates. Though it is still fine to make such a claim, but make sure you can live up to the image of perfectly filed and labeled documents, precision timetabling, neatly formatted spreadsheets, etc.

4. “Creative”
Once you describe yourself as a person of ideas, a hiring manager would expect you to be able to support such a claim, like you better have some examples specific circumstances or achievements where you have used creativity in the workplace. Make them tangible to an employer by demonstrating the ways through which you have made a positive difference or benefited a team.

5. “Ambitious”
A potential employer would be able to recognize your ambition by just looking at how you present yourself in your resume, thus you do not need to remind everyone of how successful you want to be, but just let your achievements spell out your ambition for you. Or else, you might accidentally make an impression of being a bit of narcissistic or too focused on working towards your own success, rather than towards the business.

6. “Extremely”
Are you extremely enthusiastic, passionate or diligent about your work? Good for you, but including these words to quantify how much you want the job might not work in your favor because it might make you seem a little over-excited or too keen.

7. “Bubbly”
As a new job applicant, you can be keen to show off your effervescent personality in the workplace, where everything seems to be new and exciting, but be careful not to make yourself sound like you are ditzy or giddy. If you truly are a friendly person, it would show through how you interact with your interviewer by the time you will come face-to-face with him/her and your colleagues when you manage to land the job.

General Styles and Content That You Should Avoid

Keep in mind that the purpose of your resume is to get you an interview, so make sure it speaks clear and loud for you. If you find it hard to phrase your words the right way, then here are some helpful pieces of advice:

Exclude unrealistic accomplishments. You should be realistic in your skill set, as if you exaggerate your experience and skills, you will have to justify them at the interview.

Avoid long passive phases. Write your resume in the present tense and include lots of action words and be direct to the point, or else you will put the one reading your resume to sleep.

Leave out personal unrelated activities. Unless they are relevant to your target position, there is no point including what you do personally to impress the person reviewing your resume.

Avoid jargon and overly technical information. Just include what you know and do not be ambiguous in your language.

Final Thought

The best way to determine the adjectives that suit you best is to examine the bullet points under your job description and determine their importance. The strategic adjectives in this article can help illustrate the value you will bring to your prospective employer.