The resume remains one of the most important business communication tools. It communicates your experience and skills in a way that will convince someone to contact you and discuss paying you. This is not the place to puff up your language with meaningless terms.
In the scramble to present ourselves in the best possible light, we often recast the mundane as fantastic. We’ve all transformed the realities of “fetching coffee and dry cleaning” to “collaborating with fellow team members to ensure ongoing business operations.” Here’s the thing: the people who review your resume see lots of them, so they usually know B.S. when they see it.
For an example of a resume that overreaches, see Gawker’s explication of a resume rife with empty platitudes. The victim is former Mediabisto editorial director Dorian Benkoil.
- “Lead editorial team across multiple platforms toward production of content for direct and ad revenues, marketing/PR, membership and audience development. Oversee complex network of blogs covering multiple industry verticals.”
Okay, he supervised some folks running blogs that worked different beats!
- “Optimize traffic through use of Web analytics, search engine optimization and marketing, RSS, e-mail and other PR, marketing and technological techniques.”
He checked stats and sent emails!
- “Recruit and train staff to assemble peak performance teams.”
What is this, Men’s Health? Are we climbing Himalayas?