Answer below by Erin Berkery-Rovner, career advisor and former recruiter. Held various jobs over the course of the internship. Wrote various words on my resume to sound important.
This question originally appeared on Quora.What are your least favorite resume words? My own is “utilize” — there isn’t a single instance I can think of where it would be inappropriate to substitute “use.” Every time I read “utilize” on a resume I always feel like the writer is trying to be unnecessarily fancy.Answer below by Erin Berkery-Rovner, career advisor and former recruiter.
Various. It is single-handedly the most useless adjective on a resume — it essentially boils down to saying nothing new about the nouns that it prefaces.
Worked on various projects.Held various jobs over the course of the internship.Used various word processing programs.Wrote various words on my resume to sound important.
In almost any example I can think of, it replaces the word ‘different’ — people are using it to demarcate separate projects they worked on or duties they performed. Except if you were to write the word ‘different’ instead of various, your resume would come off like a sullen teen:
Nobody read the second sentence and thought, “Well, they didn’t specifically say that they worked on different disparate projects, so despite the plural nature of the word projects, I’m going to assume that they only worked on one project…” And really with various, why bother? You should be specific or go home. Either tell me how many projects you worked on or what they were.
Often called upon to be responsible for the synergy of department resources.Consistently executed the synergy of company directives.Developed, managed and cultivated the synergy of all employees. Read more…