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The Best and Worst Words for Fashion Industry Resumes

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StyleCareers.com surveyed 200 fashion industry recruiters and hiring managers for their opinion on words/phrases they like to see on resumes AND the words/phrases that, for a lack of a better term, annoy them.

Here are the top 5 words in their respective classifications. A link to the full results is provided below.


BEST RESUME WORDS

The top 5 words/phrases that fashion industry recruiters LIKE to see on resumes?

1. Achieved 73.60%
2. Managed 60.40%
3. Created 60.40%
4. Trained/Mentored 58.10%
5. Improved 55.80%

The common thread?  These words all convey a sense of accomplishment and help recruiters formulate a (labor) return on investment.


WORST RESUME WORDS

The top 5 words/phrases that ANNOY fashion industry recruiters when they see them on resumes?

1. Passion for Fashion 76.90%
2. Go-getter 54.70%
3. Think outside of the box 42.00%
4. Synergy 29.30%
5. Go-to person 29.30%

The common thread?  These words and phrases are all cliches from previous decades. They make job seekers seem out of touch and intellectually lazy.

Visit www.stylecareers.com/words to see the full results.

Chris Kidd is the owner of StyleCareers.com, StylePortfolios.com, StyleDispatch.com, FashionCareerFairs.com and MayoroftheMall.com.