Growing up, I loved two things: eating obscene amounts of Gushers and reading books. In addition to my love for literature (and processed food), I had an English teacher for a father who corrected me every time I said “me” instead of “I” and an uncle who used words that haven’t been around since the 17th century.
At the age of 25, I should be a walking thesaurus (not to mention, obese). Unfortunately, there are certain words that seem to make it into nearly every one of my conversations, English major be damned.
Case in point:
“In middle school I was too fat to wear anything with a button or a zipper, so my mom had to buy me jeans with an elastic waistband. It was disturbing.”
“Yesterday I was eating vegetables and something felt weird, so I blew my nose and a piece of broccoli shot out. I was really disturbed.”
“Did you watch The Bachelor on Monday? This one girl had an emotional breakdown and was curled up in the fetal position in the corner of the luggage room, crying. It was so disturbing.”
Yeah, and here’s another thing that’s disturbing—how frequently I use that word.
My sometimes stunted vocabulary is embarrassing, but I’m not alone. According to LinkedIn, many people make the mistake of using clichéd and tired words or phrases in their resumés, too. Whether they’re copying off of others or just too lazy to think of better words, these job seekers are attracting the wrong attention.
LinkedIn’s analytics team trolled through the tired phrases posted to its site and came up with 10 words that people should stop using in their resumés:
Honestly, the things people will put in their resumés is downright disturbing.
For additional management tips, check out the January issue of units, which mailed Jan. 8.