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Referencing the wrong name of the company with the person who is evaluating you during the interview.

Neglecting to run the spellcheck function for your resume.

Showing up late to an interview and not caring to explain your reason for tardiness.

While these are rather obvious examples of things to avoid doing during the job search, many job seekers may not realize some of their behaviors hinder their chances of consideration with employers.

People might have varying opinions on whether these examples are harmless to one’s candidacy. There is, however, one behavior that I see more often than others when reviewing resumes for candidates, and it’s pretty damning. Take a quick look below — are you guilty of this?

Cutting and pasting language from your actual job description and incorporating it into your resume — One might think they’re being very smart in snagging the actual words used to describe the responsibilities of their job so that it’s clear to a future employer – after all, it takes away the painfully long task of writing content about your job, right? Well, the job market in this day and age is ALL about superlatives. Employers want to know who the great candidates are. Taking language that describes the mere minimal functions of a job and using it as your best attempt to show how stellar you are as an employee just doesn’t work.

While the job descriptions companies give you on your first day of work describe the minimum expectations of your role, please note – they’re not marketing material. You want to make sure your resume` talks about your best work self – of course, with a healthy dose of humbleness. Language that speaks to how you exceeded your sales quota eight quarters in a row, led a team of analysts that was responsible for a program that reduced operational costs in record numbers, or that you were promoted to the manager position after playing a key role in several of your company’s high profile initiatives are much better choices. You need to develop the language that speaks to excellence in your abilities.

I mean, c’mon… do you think a hiring manager would be excited to talk to the person who “collects, reviews, and delivers data for management” or someone who “utilized advanced programming skills in SQL and Visual Basic to create the department’s inaugural sales operations reports for senior management”? I think I know who I’d want to call.

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