By | Ken Coleman | www.cnbc.com
You only get less than 7.5 seconds to grab a hiring manager’s attention when they read your resume for the first time.
As a career coach who has helped hundreds of people polish their resumes and land jobs, I’ve seen too many candidates focus mostly on formatting, such as the font, spacing and page count.
But words matter more. According to Harvard resume experts, your chances of getting noticed are much higher when you use strong, actionable and confident verbs.
This also means knowing what to keep off, and the two words I always tell people to remove from their resumes are: “responsible for.”
“Responsible for”: Avoid these 2 resume words at all costs
Being responsible for something is just a circumstance. Saying you were “responsible for [X]” is a weak and generic way to describe your abilities and accomplishments.