10 Things You Should Never Put on Your Résumé


What gets job recruiters’ votes for “worst résumé gaffes”?

HR folks especially hate clichés, like saying you’re “enthusiastic,” “a team player,” or “a hard worker,” reports London’s New College of the Humanities, which conducted the poll.

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“If you’re a ‘hard worker,’ be creative—use a different phrase, and back it up with examples,” says Swatee Jasoria, NCH’s professional development director, adding that employers want originality.

We couldn’t agree more, dawg.

In a poll of 864 recruiters, the winners—er, losers—were:

1. Typos/grammatical errors

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2. Overly casual tone

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3. Jargon/clichés

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4. Two-plus pages

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5. “Snazzy” back-ground/borders

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6. Writing in the third person

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7. Clip art/emoji

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8. Cringeworthy quotes

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9. Unprofessional e-mail address

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10. Unprofessional font

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