We all know that great resume building principles and great marketing principles have much in common. And we know that marketing success often results from spin, or the way in which words are chosen and tailored around a specific message. (Would you rather buy a house that’s small, or one that’s “cozy?” Would you rather hire a worker who’s “dedicated and driven” or would you prefer solitary and obsessive?)
Resume spin has a place in our world, but only within limits, and there are a few very common resume exaggerations that employers encounter more often than they’d like. Some of these feel original and clever to job seekers, but watch out. Working these stretches into your resume won’t fool anyone.