Celebrate Your Independence from Overused Resume Adjectives

Happy 4th of July! While we celebrate the independence of the United States, why not take a moment to celebrate yourself with a resume update? Hiring managers sometimes see hundreds of resumes, and the same words pop up over and over again. Making strong word choices can really make your resume stand out from the pack.

Powerful and specific adjectives are key to an impressive resume, and we’re here to help. We’ve organized some of our favorite terms to replace those tired, overused words, so you’re sure to find an alternative that works for you.

Instead of: Creative

  • Imaginative
  • Innovative
  • Unique
  • Free-thinking
  • Inventive

Instead of: Pays Attention

  • Astute
  • Observant
  • Selective
  • Attentive
  • Perceptive

Instead of: Good At

  • Expert
  • Industrious
  • Skilled
  • Adept
  • Results-Oriented

Instead of: Team Player

  • Cooperative
  • Dedicated
  • Collaborative
  • Supportive
  • Concerted

Instead of: Experienced

  • Qualified
  • Veteran
  • Skilled
  • Best-In-Class
  • Extensive

And that’s that! If you use these firecracker words, you’re sure to put on a show hiring managers will love.

Are there any other adjectives you like to use in your resume? Let us know in the comments section below!


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