Poll: Resume readers dislike 'go-getters'

March 13, 2014 at 5:54 PM

CHICAGO, March 13 (UPI) -- A CareerBuilder survey of U.S. hiring managers and human resource workers indicates "best of breed" and "go-getter" are poor terms to put on a resume.

The poll of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals, conducted online by Harris Poll Nov. 6-Dec. 7, found 68 percent of respondents spend less than two minutes reading each resume and 17 percent spend less than 30 seconds on average, CareerBuilder said.

The website said many respondents were turned off by certain words and phrases, with 38 percent saying "best of breed" is the worst term to put on a resume, 27 percent identifying "go-getter" as an unwelcome term and 26 percent saying they dislike seeing the phrase "think outside the box" on a resume.

Other phrases identified by respondents as resume turn-offs include "synergy," "go-to person," "thought leadership" and "value add."

Some terms identified by those polled as positive additions to resumes include "achieved," "improved," "trained/mentored," "managed," "created" and "resolved."

CareerBuilder said the poll had a margin of 2.09 percentage points with a 95 percent probability.

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