Crafting a cliche-free resume

Last Friday's Globe and Mail Careers section featured a short article on writing a resume without resorting to cliches. Words and phrases like "results oriented, dynamic, multitasker" have been so overused, the article stated, that they are worn-out, and could be costing you a potential interview.

So what to do!?

Rather than state that you are results oriented, why not communicate actual results? For example, a "results oriented" sales person could launch her resume with a factual and powerful statement: 10 years professional sales; ranked within the top 5 sales performers each year.

That statement affirms "results oriented" without mentioning this worn out, tired, copy-cat, clone-like phrase. Give it a try in your own resume. If you need help with that, I'd love to work with you!