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The 5 Best & 5 Worst Words for Fashion Industry Resumes

By  | 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.


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.


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.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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