How to make a better resume

images-8Everyone knows that a resume is one of the most important components of a job application. What many people may not realize is that it’s not just your past positions and accomplishments, but also the words you use to describe those achievements, that can make a difference in how the hiring manager or recruiter views you.

In an attempt to make their resumes more appealing, job candidates may include extra information or use words they think sound impressive. But sometimes, those words will not have the desired effect and, in fact, may turn off hiring managers.

Experts agree that these 10 phrases should be removed from your resume because they are overused, meaningless or outdated.

1. GPA

“If you have a higher degree, remove your GPA, especially if it is considered average or low,” said Tim Davis, resource manager at staffing agency Kavaliro. “For the most part, employers won’t even notice if it is not included on a resume. Only include GPA if a company specifically requests it on the application.”

Instead, summarize your academic statuses or awards, Davis said.

“Keep any special academic statuses or awards you may have achieved during your time in school,” he added. “Recognitions such as these show ambition and initiative.”

2. Results-driven

Rather than saying you’re driven by results, you should give examples of actual results, said Matt Doucette, director of global talent acquisition atMonster.

“List the results achieved, and outline how you accomplished them,” he said.

3. Problem solver

“Work is all about solving problems,” said Mikaela Kiner, founder and CEO of HR consulting firm uniquelyHR.”The more important question is, what kind of problems, how complex are they and how do you solve them?”

Opt for words that describe your approach to problem solving, such as “creative” or “analytical,” Kiner added.

4. Objectives

Years ago, an objective was considered a primary component of a resume. Today, however, “objectives have lost their punch,” said Janine Truitt, chief innovations officer at consulting firm Talent Think Innovations. Instead, candidates should summarize their skills based on the advertised job description, she said.

5. Responsible for

This phrase is meaningless because it doesn’t say what you actually accomplished, experts say.

“‘I was responsible for maintaining company X’s servers,’ doesn’t give enough insight into what the candidate did,” said Neil Napier, CEO of job search company jobrack. “Quantifying what you did and being clear would be better.”

For example, it would be better to write something like, “Managed Company X’s servers for six months with Y technology.“Napier also suggested alternative words, such as “implemented” or “grew.”