The 2 most over-used words on resumes kill credibility. Remove them now.


I am shocked when I open a resume and the objective doesn’t contain this damaging hyphenated duo. It is as common in resumes as the phrase “highly motivated.” I am NOT surprised, however, when typos, formatting problems, or grammatical mistakes follow an objective that leads with “detail-oriented.” As soon as I see those words, I quickly scan the resume for problems and 99% of the time they’re easily found.

If you begin with those words, you better follow-through with a perfected resume or you’ve introduced yourself with a credibility issue.

The best writing does not tell, it shows. It doesn’t scream, “I AM A PERFECTIONIST!” It simply IS perfect.