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Old 06-21-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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It is amazing how resumes all start looking alike after awhile! Here are the most common statements on the resumes I am reviewing for an Administrative Assistant position:

Great oral and written communications skills
Proficient In Microsoft Office
Eagar and willing to work hard
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Quick Learner
Hard Worker
Team Player
Great Background

What do you think other hiring managers think when they see these statements on resumes?

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Old 06-21-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Well when job announcements ask for vague things like "be a team player" or the things you wrote above, how can you blame the applicants for putting it in their cover letter?
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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It is amazing how resumes all start looking alike after awhile! Here are the most common statements on the resumes I am reviewing for an Administrative Assistant position:

Great oral and written communications skills
Proficient In Microsoft Office
Eagar and willing to work hard
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Quick Learner
Hard Worker
Team Player
Great Background

What do you think other hiring managers think when they see these statements on resumes?
These are some of the most requested skills and traits on job announcements so it makes sense to use them in the resume. The key is to tailor it to the specific job and only lists the skills, experience and qualities that would interest the employer.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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ok here is the new resume words:

Bullcrapper (great verbal skills)
does email during work hours (good written skills)
surf porn websites (proficient in mircrosoft)
takes whiteout from office suppy cabinet when taking inventory to order (origanizational skills)
likes to paint nail with whiteout when bored (hardworker)
shuffles papers back and forth to look busy ( again the hardworker)
hates everyone associated with work ( TEAM PLAYER!!!)
uses hand signal especially middle fingers (interpersonal skills)
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: NJ
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A lot of those are things requested in job descriptions. So to call them empy boastful empty statements seems a bit off.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Sumner, WA
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The key is to see if their accomplishments or responsibilities needs those qualities and how long an applicant was in their previous jobs. If an applicant had to create weekly PowerPoint presentations for four years, chances are that they know the software application pretty well.

I list many of those same qualities on my cover letter and resume, but I provide examples of how I have been able to exhibit those qualities.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The key is to see if their accomplishments or responsibilities needs those qualities and how long an applicant was in their previous jobs. If an applicant had to create weekly PowerPoint presentations for four years, chances are that they know the software application pretty well.

I list many of those same qualities on my cover letter and resume, but I provide examples of how I have been able to exhibit those qualities.
Agreed. Those phrases are like the garnish to a nice meal. It makes things look pretty, but you need some meat behind those statements to back them up.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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It is amazing how resumes all start looking alike after awhile! Here are the most common statements on the resumes I am reviewing for an Administrative Assistant position:

Great oral and written communications skills
Proficient In Microsoft Office
Eagar and willing to work hard
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Quick Learner
Hard Worker
Team Player
Great Background

What do you think other hiring managers think when they see these statements on resumes?
I think experienced hiring managers know that everyone puts this stuff on their resume, but they just glance over it until they get to what you've actually done. In my field, a hiring manager looks at your skill set. The summary part is just a formality, though if it's missing, that looks bad too.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:18 PM
 
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It is amazing how resumes all start looking alike after awhile! Here are the most common statements on the resumes I am reviewing for an Administrative Assistant position:

Great oral and written communications skills
Proficient In Microsoft Office
Eagar and willing to work hard
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Quick Learner
Hard Worker
Team Player
Great Background

What do you think other hiring managers think when they see these statements on resumes?
To me, these are empty phrases devoid of any value. Everyone uses them. They are canned and only tell me that you searched online for resume help and found those phrases. Another big one is "Self-starter"

I want to know what you can do:

- Solely maintained a 9 month calendar for 4 busy attorneys (anyone who can do this is highly organized, efficient and can handle stress)

- Set up, configured and deployed 100 laptops in 30 days for a departmental upgrade (they work quickly, stay on task and are well versed in deployments and deadlines for same)

- Designed and implemented a departmental system to more efficiently order supplies (ye olde self starter in motion)

- Trained six members of the office staff in advanced levels of Microsoft Word and Excel (demonstrates the candidate's proficiency in these programs rather than simply saying they are proficient)

- Collaborated with four staffers to prepare a detailed report on office policies and procedures (good team player, able to collaborate with others, possesses good communication skills if chosen for that particular project)

These are the types of things I love to see on a resume.
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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All those catchphrases are just "fluff", but as long as employers keep USING them in their ads, applicants WILL keep using them in their responses.

Better that employers start to actually say what specific skills.experience THEY need for the position at hand, rather than themselves taking the lazy way out to ad writing.

Just my .02
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