Show Don't Tell

Everyone has certain catch phrases in the resume. Things like how they have worked in a "fast paced environment" and they are "detail-oriented" and such. 

If you were paying attention in your junior high English class, you probably heard your teacher use the phrase "show, don't tell" when it comes to writing.

There's a literary concept (hang with me for a second here) called narrative exposition, where the narrator of the story steps in the give a bunch of information about a character, situation, etc. The problem English teachers have with narrative exposition is that it's the lazy way to tell a story for the student learning the craft of storytelling. 

Better than just telling someone about a character, it's much more effective to show what you're trying to get across. Rather than saying, "she was nervous" you could, for example, say "she fidgeted in her seat as sweat broke out across her lip."

The same applies in your resume. 

You can say that you can work well under pressure, but it's a heck of a lot more effective to write about how you've worked under pressure. Most people think you have to save this for the resume, but here's a tip...

There's no interview if your resume is no good. 

Take a look at your resume and find the ways to tell rather than show. Take some time to rework those details by showing. It will make a world of difference.