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Resume Etiquette: ’Highly Motivated’ Isn’t a Skill

Angel Rodriguez Frito Lay HR VP

Making mistakes on a resume is a common thing that everyone has done at one point or another. Listing skills an important part of the resume function, as skills themselves redeem your measurable qualities. A list of skills that should not be mentioned on your resume are:

  • Highly motivated
  • Multitask oriented
  • Performance excellence
  • Active pursuit
  • Progressively Responsible
  • Spotless Criminal Record
  • Globally wise
  • Deadline oriented
  • Complex thinker

Skills should not be a creative description of your personality. This list points out a few of the most used ‘skills’ implemented into resumes, but the list goes on.

Another important aspect of a resume is actually the file name that you save your resume as in your personal computer. As you upload an attachment to send to a potential employer, they will see your file name. Make sure that it is not only appropriate, but clean and easy to find if they end up saving your resume to their computer. The file name should be your name. Here are a few examples that do not work and show inefficiency:

  • 2014_resume_and_cover_letter_for_an_appointment_scheduler
  • Alternate_resume_for_second_choice
  • My_amazing_resume

Other considerations while submitting your resume to a potential employer include ‘personal branding’, which is how you present yourself to potential employers. When submitting a resume, candidates should I’ve a lot of thought to the details of their resume.

A key detail is your email display name. This may be a simple fact to remember, but some people like to put nicknames as official sign-off names for emails, so when a potential employer receives an email from a person who used a nickname, they see “1 unread email from TrailBlazer”. This is not very professional or organized-looking.

It’s also interesting how people interpret the concept of making your resume different or stand-out in the pile of potential candidates. Never say things like:

“I’m it, trust me.” or “I can send a cover letter if you really want one.”

These are super unprofessional and it does not fare well with serious employers who are looking for respectful candidates to employ.

Candidates should do a great deal of research and preparation in order to understand how recruiters make decisions. Your resume is a marketing tool that demonstrates competence. If your submission reflects a weak first impression, you’re not going to be considered for the job.