As VP of Unbanking, I try to communicate with the community to see what’s on their mind, and this year it’s been all about the job market, or lack there of. Those who are graduating soon and living on their own are worried about entering the workforce and taking charge of their financial future, starting with the dreaded question: “So, what are you doing when you graduate?”. First things first, you’ve got to apply.
So, when is the last time you took a look at your resume?
Whether you’re employed, unemployed, or a little in between; updating your resume is something that should be done often to maintain a fresh appearance (on and off paper!)
Before applying to any job, we all have to submit a resume…this part we know. What most of us probably do not know is that certain words and phrases we’d like to include on our resumes actually are not what employers are looking for.
I recently stumbled across an article on Yahoo’s Finance section that highlights 50 ‘buzzwords’ to avoid on your resume and found out that these words are vague and used by everyone.
Buzzwords on a resume can actually hurt your chance of scoring a second interview, so here’s my top 10 buzzword’s (more like buzz kills) to avoid:
- Accustomed to fast-paced environments
- Excellent communication skills
- Works well under-pressure
- Strategic thinker
- Looking for a challenging opportunity
- 10. Motivated
I wrote my first ‘real’ resume during my senior year of high school and 4 years later I’ve written and rewritten my resume over 20 times. I’ve found that any experience is good experience and employers want to know about it all. The problem? Making it all fit on to one page. So use clear and concise language and even give yourself a character limit, like on Twitter!
Instead of ‘Buzzwords’ use strong action words to highlight your experiences, for example:
Don’t forget to highlight the fact that you’re fluent in Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Or maybe you’re a blogger in your spare time? Even being well-versed in Photoshop is worth mentioning!
Last little tip, have your friends and family read your resume. If they’re not interested then why would your future employer be?
Got any other resume building tips? Let me know! And if you’re still feeling uneasy about your financial future, come into any Connex branch and talk with a representative who could help you get organized (afterall, they’re the professionals).
-Erin King, VP of Unbanking