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  • Writer's pictureKiki Thompson

Why 'Hard Worker' on Your Resume Might Not Impress as You Think

Ouch. ๐Ÿ˜„ We've all been there, padding our resumes with general descriptors like 'hard worker,' 'team player,' or my personal favorite, 'detail-oriented.' Raise your hand if you're guilty. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

The reality is "hard worker" is to resume is what "long walks on the beach" is to dating profiles. It's vague, it's overused, and honestly, it's expected. It's like saying, "I promise I won't burn the office down." Great, but what else ya got?

So, for all of you hard workers out there, let's talk about showcasing your Herculean efforts in a way that recruiters won't yawn at or, heaven forbid, swipe left on.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Numbers are your friend. Did you increase sales by 20%? Manage a team of 15? Save the company $50,000? Numbers make your claims tangible and credible.

๐Ÿ† Achievements over attributes. Did your hard work lead to a breakthrough for your team, a key business win, or improved customer satisfaction? Show the cause and effect of your hard work. Recruiters love a good story, especially one with a happy ending!

๐Ÿš€ Go beyond your job role. Did you take on extra responsibilities? Lead a project outside your typical scope of work? Organize the office holiday party, bringing together a team of misfits like in a feel-good holiday movie. Show you're not just a worker bee but also a queen bee who goes above and beyond.

๐ŸŒŸ Showcase your growth. Did your hard work lead to promotions or new skill acquisitions? Show your trajectory. It'll make the 'hard work' part implicit and the 'success' part explicit.

๐Ÿ”„ Adaptability and resilience are the new "hard work." Show you're someone who can pivot in the face of change or bounce back from a setback.

We are all hard workers in our own right, but it's HOW we work hard that truly differentiates us. Don't sell yourself short with generic terms. Be specific, be unique, and be YOU!

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