The best and worst résumé buzzwords

CareerBuilder commissioned a survey to find what hiring managers want from candidates; they also made it clear that actions speak louder than self-aggrandizing words.

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There are a number of people who will disagree with this, but I still believe it makes sense for a job candidate to have a good résumé.

I know there are a lot of people who think the traditional résumé is dead, but it’s not gone yet, and there are still a lot of recruiters and hiring managers who prefer it to LinkedIn profiles, video clips, or whatever else people are trying to use these days.

I was thinking of this while reading the latest CareerBuilder survey about résumés, and as the research points out, hiring managers are still not spending a lot of time looking at résumés—which means that any applicant who wants his or her résumé to get their attention has got to grab them pretty quickly.

Less than 2 minutes spent on any single résumé

The survey found that one in six (17 percent) of hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing résumés. Most (68 percent) spend less than two minutes.

This raises a good question: Why is so little time spent on what is undoubtedly a very important activity?

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