October 23, 2013, 3:06 PM — Career and leadership experts love talking about soft skills and we love writing about them because they are so incredibly important to today's professional.
The ability to speak and write clearly is a huge advantage for job-seekers, in fact, it's No. 1, career expert and CEO Mark Babbitt tells YouTurn. Yet "excellent oral and written communication skills" is one of several cliches you should ensure you leave off your resume.
"The reality is that in about 3 seconds the recruiter is going to make their own determination about the quality of your communication skills," he notes. "If you pass that test, they’ll test you again on a Skype interview, or with a follow-up e-mail. If you don’t pass that test (lack of confidence, poor professionalism, typos, inconsistent messaging, redundancy, etc.) the recruiter now knows your resume is less than sincere… and you are not a top tier candidate."
It's a case of show, don't tell - and don't waste valuable resume space on an old cliche.
When it comes to any written correspondence with a potential employer, Babbitt also recommends finding someone to proof any e-mail or documents to ensure there are no typos, missing or incorrect punctuation, etc.
"Let your work speak for itself," he says.
Another phrase to leave off your resume: extensive experience.
"100% wasted space," Babbitt notes. "Why? Done right, your resume will demonstrate the level of your experience – and the relevance of that experience to your next employer."
Click below for more common resume cliches you can delete from your next draft.