Avoid these weak resume words
I really loved this post by the Avid Careerist, Donna Svei. She writes on one of those pesky weak resume words: “utilize.” As Donna says, we never “utilize” the word “utilize” when we speak, so why should we “utilize” it on a resume?
Good point. We use this language when we are trying to sound impressive on our resumes, we don’t know what we should put, or where we reflect the cloudy language we often find in position descriptions.
One application I wrote a few months ago asked that the candidate have “high level legal experience.” The role was for a lawyer. We had to check with the panel convener about what this meant. “High level” meant running a case, from the first meeting with a client, to making final recommendations.” So now we know and I’m glad we checked.
Like Donna I have a few resume pests of my own.
“in order to”
Have a look at this post on action words for resumes, if you are in any way confused.
Read Donna’s full post here