6 Overused Résumé Statements to Nix

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2. 'I'm hardworking.'

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Joan Davis, president of PANGEATWO recruiting and consulting firm in Birmingham, Ala., says you should never put a phrase like this on your résumé, as it should be a given. “It’s stating what should be obvious,” she says. “Saying you’re a hard worker is like saying ‘I’m ethical’ or ‘I’m seeking employment.’ If you’re not a hard worker, then [employers] shouldn’t even be considering your résumé.”

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