Awhile back, a LinkedIn question asked about the ten most common (and least appreciated) resume clichés. Among the candidates were: results driven, detail oriented and team player. Related: Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins When I write a resume, I’m less concerned with cliché words than cliché information. The words “team player” are perfectly fine to use - if your achievements and skills back them up. The examples in your resume should show what you’ve achieved as part of a team and should make you stand out from other candidates with similar claims. Compare these two descriptions using the cliché “strategic thinker”:
- Strategic thinker: Able to come up with new approaches to serve the needs of customers.
- Strategic thinker: Redirected business resources into products with larger payback, driving an additional $150,000 in annual sales.