I read this yesterday. I do see these terms used often but I would not bury a resume because of it. I do prefer the example they gave at the end of the article on how you can improve the presentation of your skills. I have been using a similar format for years. I believe I started using this format when I applied for a job at Booz Allen. A friend of mine worked there and he told me their HR folks had a preference for this format so I changed my resume and liked it so much I continued to use it.
I think way too much emphasis is placed on how to <u>eliminate</u> resumes, based on buzz-words. If the best you can do as a hiring manager is to sift out the people who - carelessly, knowingly or agressively - use silly overworn phrases, then you are going to eliminate half the population, let alone some of the people who may become your best employees.
Managers (and - let's face it - HR departments) need to climb down from the view that they have some sort of magical insight into an individual's real worth by judging it by the presence (or absence) or key words or phrases.
I fully understand that the world is the way it is, and, supposedly, we "all have to play the game" (if we ever figure out what the rules are). But that doesn't mean that EVERYONE needs to go along like lemmings.
Sorry - in my book, the cited reference is "busted."
Its in this forum somewhere where a comedian said that the best way to process resumes is to shuffle them and throw away half of them. The theory is based on you don't want to hire someone who is unlucky.
Me personally I hate resumes that full of needless expressions like the list provided, but many employers seem to look for the more "aggressive" type resumes. I would talk to the agency (if one is involved) and tailor the resume for each application, if you looking to "just land a job".
When you have literally hundreds of applications for one position, you do (rightly or wrongly) need to eliminate people without studying every CV/resume. To this extent I think there is a point here - when you read the same thing over and over (a team player equally adept at working on own initiative) in every one, you may do develop a negative reaction to it (again, rightly or wrongly.)
It's about being fresh and original and not being resume number 174 that says the same thing as 173 that the hiring person/manager/resume filter has already looked at. A resume/cv is to get you an interview and in times like these where the number of applications can be astronomical for an opening, it's even more important that the start of your story grabs the readers attention (rightly or wrongly).
The Government has a unique method of evaluating applications; they have a book of terms used in a particular field. It is kept in a safe and only brought out when a board meets to do the evaluation. Each term/word has a numerical value which is tallied up at the end and the score assigned. The highest scores get interviews. The fortunate part of this is that many of those words are used to write the job descriptions. So, theoretically all you have to do is copy the job description and paste it into your application. Believe it or not, this works!
This works especially well when filling out KSA's for Government openings. Just don't forget to pepper your application with technical terms and jargon. I kid you not!
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