Saturday, 3 June 2017

Ten Reasons Why Your Resume/CV Sucks

However, you do not want to praise yourself in your resume. Your self-praise is not convincing. It sucks your power away from you. Powerful people do not stoop to tell strangers how hard-working or insightful they are! No one would believe your claims in any case but worse than that, you diminish yourself by making them.

Have you ever noticed that gurus and sages never say "I'm a guru" or "I'm a sage?" Other people say it about them. They don't claim those titles for themselves. Instead of using praising adjectives like "hard-working" in your Human-Voiced Resume, tell us a success story that will reflect all you have achieved so far! You don't need to make the case that you're a hard-working person! Your track record speaks for itself, if you are confident enough to let it do so.

Here are ten things never, ever to say in your resume:

 • I'm smart/savvy/strategic/etc.
 • I'm a guru/maven/expert
 • I'm the world's best at what I do
 • I've worked for great companies
 • I'm a great communicator (or worse, "Superior Communication Skills")
 • "Results-oriented professional" and other zombietastic resume terms
 • "World-class" or "best in class"
 • Organizational skills, negotiation skills, administrative skills, etc.
 • Dedicated Professional
 • Motivated Self-Starter

 Let's see why each of these dreadful terms has no place in your Human-Voiced Resume!

"I'm smart" is not something grown-ups ever say. They let their stories show the reader how smart they are. They know that it doesn't matter one bit what they think of themselves. The reader gets to decide whether they are smart or not, from the reader's perspective.

"I'm a guru" comes from fear.

"I love what I do" is confident.

"I'm the world's best" is ridiculous and sucks at the same time.

"I've worked for great companies" is unnecessary, because you will list your past employers on your resume where the reader can see them and decide for him- or herself whether they are great companies.

Never, ever say
"I'm a great communicator." The purpose of your resume is to communicate effectively. Communicate with the reader, or don't -- but don't talk about your communication skills when you could be demonstrating them!

"Results-oriented professional" is the worst kind of moron language. Anyone can say that. You are not anyone! There is no benefit to sounding like every other job-seeker in your resume or in your LinkedIn profile.

Don't characterize yourself as "world class" or "best in class." That is not your determination to make.

Anybody could say "I have great organizational skills." No two people on earth would agree what constitutes great organizational skills, so instead of declaring your skills, bring them across in a quick Slaying Story!

When you say "I have great negotiation skills," we have no idea what you mean. Did you negotiate huge contracts, or get peanut offer? Don't talk about your skills -- show them!

"Dedicated Professional" is a waste of words and a waste of your power.

The same is true for "Motivated Self-Starter." Your motivation will come through more strongly in the level of humanity you allow to show through your resume, and in the arc of your career.

Don't hide behind done-to-death, boring and powerless language and self-praise in your Human-Voiced Resume. You are much more powerful in your human form!

All the best.

Chinedu Ihekwoaba is an author, content writer and an analyst.
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