Everyone knows that it is important to have the right skills to demonstrate being the best person for an open position. You get between 6 and 10 seconds to impress a hiring manager once your resume has gotten past the Applicant Tracking System. As you can imagine, hiring managers and recruiters get tired of seeing the same words over and over again. Using the right wording for the skills they want to see can elevate your resume head and shoulders above the competition … other job seekers.
Without being able to read a hiring manager’s mind, how do you know which words and which skills they want? In today’s world, there are a few MUST HAVE SKILLS on your resume and there are some buzzwords you should avoid.
Skills you should have
Lifelong Learner – Employers do not want employees who are only there to collect a paycheck. If you consistently increase your knowledge and can take on more roles and responsibilities, you will be more appealing to a new company. LinkedIn Learning is a great place to stretch your intelligence quotient and show your willingness to increase your knowledge.
Emotional Intelligence – Letting your emotions get the best of you is never a good thing. This is especially true in the work world. Emotionally intelligent people do not blame others for things. You have to be able to manage impulses and exercise control even in the toughest situations.
Adaptability – For some people, change is not only hard it is scary. COVID-19 has caused everyone to face change. Employers want to know that you can and will adapt to changes – both big and small.
Teamwork – Being able to work in a diverse environment (meaning people come from different backgrounds) is a must in today’s work world. Technology and the rampant use of things like Zoom meetings means you can be in a meeting with people in another country.
Project Management – Odds are you’ll come across some big project you’ll have to complete or you may have to work remotely. The ability to properly plan, manage timelines, and achieve goals is imperative. In fact, you can expect one of your interview questions to center on explaining a time when you failed at obtaining a goal and what you did about it.
In a stack of 20 resumes, it’s a sure bet that 15 of them will have buzzwords. These buzzwords are language that people include to try to impress a hiring manager, but they’ve become so overused that it’s best to avoid them all together.
You should also remove the wording, “Responsible for…” from your resume. No one cares what you were held responsible for in your previous jobs … they care what you did. This is why action statements are so important. Also, if you think about it, there are a lot of things that people are responsible for that just do not get done.
Here are some ACTION WORDS you can use that will help you ditch the buzzwords: