Avoiding Buzzwords

Being responsible, proactive, motivated or dedicated sound like great words to describe yourself, but employers prefer specific accomplishments and these general traits or buzzwords tell them nothing that they would find tangible or actionable. You need to show the employer proof that you are qualified and capable.

For Instance, if you write ‘team player’, have an impactful story behind that claim. If you claim to be an expert or are offering something unique, back up that claim with accomplishments, credentials or experiences.

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Cover Letter Clichés to Avoid

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Cover Letter Clichés

Writing a personal cover letter along with a resume is a good practice, but it is ruined if the words and phrases in it are clichés, heard a million times before.

Words like go-getter or dynamic or self-starter sound vague and hollow. They may even mean that you don’t have any qualifications for the job to the potential employer.

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Don’t waste valuable space by writing phrases like ‘I have excellent communication skills’ or 'I’m a quick learner’. This is not the 90s anymore.

Have a concrete example to pinpoint your skill sets, like the time you may have organized a seminar or some software or language that you may have mastered in record time.

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Managers and recruiters prefer quantifiable statements. Let your career path become a verifiable fact sheet that has connections, stories, examples, and demonstrations.

Example: While interviewing for the post of a recruiter, don’t just claim that you have ample experience of interviewing candidates, but tell them the number of hiring drives you have undertaken, the cities or places you have visited for recruiting, and your selection rate.

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When writing a cover letter it is important to understand the significance of it. One's cover letter should go beyond their work history and must include the things that cannot be found in a resume.

It should include personal traits, work habits, inter and intrapersonal skills, achievements, and even one's enthusiasm for the job.

Your cover letter is like a simple introduction of who you are and what makes you a strong candidate for the company.

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Describing ourselves on paper

Describing ourselves on paper, while blindly attempting to live up to the expectations of others, makes it all feel like a giant lie.

We’re the experts on ourselves, right? So why do we find it so difficult to convey who we are in text?

  1.  We’re writing to seek the approval of others. Perhaps the worst part is that we don’t know who’s reading our words or who our competitors are.
  2. For many of us, though, the main reason we find it so hard to write about ourselves it’s so, so easy to procrastinate.

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What common job listings can reveal

Before you apply for a job, you probably first read a listing that includes vague statements like "We are seeking a self-starter who can work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment."

These common job listing phrases can reveal a lot about the company's priorities, the ideal job candidate, and who will fit in the organization's culture.

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