When writing a resume, keep in mind that it’s not all about what you can do, what you’re supposed to do, or what you should do. The core of your document should be what you have accomplished in the past, including concrete examples of your achievements.
In order to best catch the attention of recruiters, including three to five bullet statements for each position is recommended.
As you work on and review your resume, scan it to avoid these key phrases that are less likely today to work to your advantage:
1. “Responsible for…” This phrase isn’t going to help you—It only tells the reader about your job duties and responsibilities. You should be listing your skills and accomplishments to catch a hiring manager’s attention.
Instead of focusing on tasks, highlight how you have handled challenges in an exceptional way and how it helped the company.
If you have an eye for details and can perform tasks in a timely manner, feel free to include that in your resume. Just make sure to use a powerful action verb and positive examples that will leave the right impression.
2. “Ability to…” You may have the ability to do something, but the recruiter needs to know how you excelled using that ability. If you really want to use this phrase, be prepared to include tangible proof to support it.
Though the phrase sounds professional, it won’t boost your resume. Instead of using this phrase, you can mention (as an example) a previous project where you have worked with a team, and your skill or specific ability left a significant impact within the organization. (When in doubt, always use a strong verb.)
Resume revisions shouldn’t be taken lightly. Go over your document several times. You can always ask for help from a friend if you need a hand.