Top 10 Words to Avoid on a Resume

Okay, so you’ve found a job posting you’re completely in love with. You review the job description, the skill set and you’re ready to submit your resume. Before you hit the send button, make sure to read Campus Philly’s top 10 list of common words to nix from your resume so you can be one step closer to your dream job!

1. Hard Worker 

Almost all applicants claim to be “hard workers.” Saying you’re a hard worker doesn’t make you stand out from the rest of the crowd! To impress your employer, explain how you’ve gone that extra mile by citing examples.

2. Self-starter 

Instead of using the term “self-starter” on your resume, why don’t you illustrate times when you’ve taken initiative without managerial supervision? Hiring managers like examples, not just words.

3. Team Player 

This word is a given. Of course companies want you to be a team player. Showing that you have been a team player in previous projects and situations gives the employer the idea that you can collaborate in a group that has multiple ideas, help your team mates during stressful projects, and it also shows your ability to handle multiple personalities in a team situation. Show your employers how you’ve worked as a team player. 

4. Highly Qualified

Show the employer how you’re highly qualified for the position. Do you have skill sets or qualifications that prove that you’ll be a good fit for the role? Use descriptive language to quantify your biggest achievements. The employer will know if you’re highly qualified for the position based on how you describe your past achievements.

5. Dynamic

Unless you’ve created a way to cure world hunger or are a superhero, your resume will be just fine without the word dynamic.

6. Problem Solver 

Employers want to see evidence that you’re a problem solver. How have you solved conflicts in a team setting? Or how have you overcome hurdles in your work or academic career? Maybe you’ve devised a better system to make something operate more efficiently.

7. Familiar With

When you’re writing your skill set and qualifications, instead of using the term “familiar with” to describe your knowledge of Microsoft Excel, use descriptive language such as beginner, intermediate, proficient, or advanced to portray to the employer your knowledge of the particular program. It will show your level of expertise in a detailed sense rather than broader one.

8. Reliable 

If I could give you my top word to omit from your resume, it would be the word “reliable.” Use the space to go into more detail. Employers expect you to be dependable and show up on time to work, team meetings, and any other projects. Being reliable allows others to trust you and trust in the work that you do.

9. Flexible 

Show your employer how you’ve adapted to changes in the workplace instead of just telling them. Change is constantly happening all around us. In the workplace, new managers are constantly coming and going, new employers are hired each and every day, and new regulations can be put into place at any time. Explain how you’ve successfully responded in situations which required you to adapt and be flexible.

10. People Person 

Showing skills of effective communication between coworkers, clients, managers, and stakeholders are a vital component in any job function that you do. Employers want to see that you can successfully communicate your ideas. This includes communicating with a party you may have a disagreement with, and showing that you can win over that client based on how you communicate the product or service.

The moral of the story? Words are a powerful thing, but when it comes to resumes, employers want you to show them why they should hire you for the job, not because you tell them to with any of the words listed above. Once you’ve updated your resume, head over to campusphilly.org/launch, check out hundreds of local gigs and apply away!

You’re Invited to the My Philly Summer Party!

You’re invited to the region’s largest summer networking event for young professionals – My Philly Summer 2017 on Tuesday, July 18th at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s roof deck. Get ready for an unforgettable experience:

  1. Win amazing prizes and snag free swag! Prizes include:

    — Gift cards from Urban Outfitters, Wawa, HoneyGrow, Federal Donuts, and Apple
    — Phillies tickets and autographed ball
    — Lunch with a Philly Startup CEO
    — Individual career coaching session with a fortune 500 recruiter
    — Free Library of Philadelphia gift package
    — And more!

  2. Have fun:

    — Virtual reality pods
    — Selfie station (take advantage of that roof deck view!)
    — Corn-hole
    — Putting green
    — Delicious food from Brulee Catering
    — Meet our very special guest

  3. Bring your crew! All they need to do is register below. It’s free and takes less than 30 seconds to sign up.

What If Philly Treats Could Talk? Hear from a Donut, Pretzel & Water Ice

We encourage our interns to explore different ways of presenting Philadelphia exploration to other students. Our multimedia intern, Haley Monson from UArts’ Animation program created the “Campus Philly Creatures series,” which brings Philly staples to life.

In our first installment, meet Dolly Donut, Pam Pretzel and Wanda Water-Ice as they talk about their favorite Philly treats.

Campus Philly Creatures: Treat Time from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Locations mentioned: 
Center City Pretzel Company at 816 Washington Ave.
John’s Water Ice at 701 Christian St.
Beiler’s at Reading Terminal Market
Federal Donuts in Pennsport, Center City and Northern Liberties.

Stay tuned for more creatures! We will be releasing a new one every Thursday. And if you think you have what it takes to be a Campus Philly intern, create your free profile on our Launch site and check back for fall internship opportunities.

Philly To-Do: Phila Science Festival + Philly Tech Week

Tis the season for hanging outside, road trips and festivals! And following our Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia event at Seer Interactive, we’re especially excited for Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week! Below see our picks for both upcoming weeks.

Philadelphia Science Festival | April 21-29 | Citywide
About: The Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April. Featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for all ages, the Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology.

Philadelphia Science Festival events to look out for:

Science After Hours: Prom
When: Friday, April 21 from 7-10 p.m. 
Where:
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St. 
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Geek Out Game Show!
When: Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street
Are you a science whiz with a competitive streak? Several lucky contestants will put their knowledge to the test in a series of wild and weird science challenges with the hope of being crowned the champion. Sip on a drink from the cash bar as you watch contestants tackle one crazy competition after another—and experience how outrageous science can be!

Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing
When: Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other – with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the whole family. You’ve never experienced science like this!


Philly Tech Week | April 28-May 6 | Citywide
Philly Tech Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!

Philly Tech Week events to look out for:

#PTW17 Innovation Crawl
When: Friday, April 28 from 5-10 p.m.
See all the Innovation that Philadelphia’s tech scene has to offer. One stop at a time. Here’s who’s participating: Technically Media HQ – 601 Walnut St, Suite 1200 West; Benjamin’s Desk – 1608 Walnut St; CultureWorks – 1315 Walnut St, Suite 320; MakeOffices – 2001 Market St; PhillyCAM – 699 Ranstead St; PHL Next Stage Space Med @ Schuylkill Yards- 3001 Market St; The Yard – 21 S 11th St; WeWork – 1900 Market St

College Pathways into Tech
When:
Wednesday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: 
Benjamin’s Desk, 1701 Walnut St.
There’s more to technology than coding and there are more technology majors than Computer Science. Which major do you choose to create video games? What do you study to work with computer hardware? Is there a degree program for learning about big data? Hear from college faculty about the variety of ways students can study and, ultimately, work in technology.

Philly Tech Week Block Party!
When:
Thursday, May 4 from 4-8 p.m.
Over 60 of the city’s greatest game developers will be presenting the best video games of the century for EVERYONE to play! Join Philadelphia game devs, street vendors, artists, and local businesses as we turn Schmidt Commons (The Piazza) into a playground for people of all ages. RSVP for FREE access to drink specials, discounts, and more! And don’t forget to tell your friends on our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

 

 

ICYMI: Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia

Campus Philly’s Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia event was designed to help students find their starting place within Philly’s unique science and tech community. So when students came to the program on Tuesday, April 11 at Seer Interactive, science and tech leaders– Black Tribbles, Indy Hall, NextFab, Science After Hours, Science on Tap, Tech Girlz and Wagner Free Institute of Science— talked about why they’re passionate about Philadelphia, told students how they can get involved throughout the year, and invited them to Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week.

Following the talk, students had a chance to casually network with the speakers and connect with hiring employers, like Bender Inc., Seer Interactive, Bentley Systems, TD Bank, Comcast, TherapyNotes, CubeSmart and Vanguard.

You can watch Geek’s Guide in it’s entirety right here:

If you’re interested more events like Geek’s Guide, bookmark our Launch events page. And if you’re looking for a summer job or internship in Philadelphia, you should definitely sign up for a free Launch account— there are tons of local gigs for you to apply to!

Philly To-Do: Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia at Seer Interactive

 

Find your community! Register to attend Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Seer Interactive in Northern Liberties.

 


Get your start within Philly’s unique science and tech community next Tuesday. Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia features tips from community leaders plus an exclusive preview of upcoming 
Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week 
events.

At the end of the evening, you’ll get the chance to network with employers like 
ComcastVanguard,
Bender Inc.TD Bank, and Bentley Systems. This all takes place at Seer Interactive’s super cool office space in
 Northern Liberties.

Let us know if you can make it by RSVP’ing. Can’t wait to see you next week!
–Debora Charmelus, Program Manager

P.S. Food is always #1 and there are tons of great places to eat in Northern Liberties! From Italian to Japanese, we love ordering out from these No. Lib spots– Trios, Que Chula es PueblaSeiko Japanese Restaurant

Whether you’re halfway through an all-nighter, or planning the perfect stay-at-dorm date, we’re here to hook you up with some great local restaurants. Order Grubhub online, or with the app, and we’ll take $7 OFF your first order of $15+*.
 
Use code GHSPRING at checkout.
 
*Valid for one-time use, first order only subject to Grubhub’s verification. Cannot be combined with other discounts. To redeem, enter code at checkout on grubhub.com, Grubhub’s iPad, iPhone or Android apps, with a valid credit card or PayPal (cannot be combined with cash), and $7 will be taken off of minimum orders of $15, before tax, tip and delivery fee. Usage limit is 2,000 and offer expires at 3am on April 22, 2017. Grubhub reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the offer, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Grubhub’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the offer, as determined by Grubhub in its sole discretion.

Philly To-Do: April Events

Warmer days are (hopefully) here to stay! Starting now until the fall, it seems like Philadelphia is hosting an event every other day, and we’re not complaining! Here’s what’s on our radar.

Spring Training at Dilworth Park
April 4- May 25 | Dilworth Park, next to City Hall

Yoga, running club, boot camp, oh my! Dilworth Park will be hosting free outdoor activities starting today, April 4! Check out the class schedule here.


Opening Exhibit at the Penn Museum
Saturday, April 8 | Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Grab your exclusive $5 tickets to opening day, Saturday, April 8th, of Cultures at the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq at the Penn Museum. This offer is only for Open Arts members. When registering, make sure to select student tickets and use discount code: OPENARTS$5.


Sakura Sunday in Fairmount Park
Sunday, April 9 | Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Dr. | $10-$15

One of our favorite spring events! Get your fill of cherry blossoms at Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature event, Sakura Sunday. The daylong event features live music, performances, fashion shows and more.


Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
Sunday, April 9 | Main Street, Manayunk
Along historic Main Street, grab everything from savory BBQ to sweet desserts from over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors! There will also be live music for people of all ages to enjoy at Green Lane, Cotton Street, and Shurs Lane.


Clover Market in Chestnut Hill
Sunday, April 9 | 25 W. Highland Ave, Chestnut Hill PA.
The Clover Market returns for it’s 8th season kicking off in downtown Chestnut Hill.Featuring over 100 vendors, food trucks, abundant retail & restaurant options all around town, meet and greets with local animal rescues and more. Family and dog-friendly and free admission.


Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia
Tuesday, April 11 | Seer Interactive, 1033 N 2nd St.
Get your start within Philly’s unique science and tech community at Geek’s Guide! This event features tips from community leaders plus an exclusive preview of the upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Week events. Register for FREE.


Philadelphia Diversity Career Fair
Tuesday, April 18 | Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 
Employers and prospective employees from all backgrounds and communities will come together in one venue for Philadelphia’s premiere diverse and multicultural career event


Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21-29 | Various locations
With 175 exhibitors and a huge outdoor carnival, this nine-day festival includes a ton of interactive activities that show the role that science plays in everyday life


Penn Relays
April 27-29 | Franklin Field, 235 S 33rd St. 

High school, college and even professional track stars compete during the Penn Relays, the oldest collegiate meet in the nation.


18th Annual Philly Black Pride
April 27-May 1 | Various locations
A fantastic opportunity for Black LGBTQ+ communities & allies to celebrate, network & build awareness. With a diverse array of events implemented collaboratively, this celebration brings together an average of 3,500-5,000 Black LGBTQ+ people & counting!


Philadelphia Tech Week
April 28-May 6 | Various locations
A week-long celebration of technology and innovation happening throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. There’s something for everyone!

 

Mayor Kenney to College Students: “Call Philly Home This Summer”

As Mayor of this incredible city, my mission every single day is to make Philadelphia a place where people want to live and work. With the spring semester fully underway, I’d like to extend an invitation, share some advice, and make a request to all of you as you make your summer plans.

I invite you to spend your summer living and working here in Philadelphia. As you know, this is a great place to go to school, but it’s an even better place to live and work. I’d love for you to get a taste of that this summer with an internship or, if you’re about to graduate, your first job after college.

While you’re here, my advice to you is to make time to get to know the city. Campus Philly is here to help you do that. Look out for their My Philly Summer program for summer interns and sign up for their newsletter. Plus, there is plenty for you to see, do and experience while you are in Philadelphia. Make sure you check out the great arts and culture this city has to offer. Stop by Reading Terminal Market or one of the unique restaurants in your own neighborhood. Join a few hundred thousand of your closest friends on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the July 4th fireworks. Take in a game at Citizens Bank Park.

Mayor Kenney poses for a photo with My Philly Summer attendees.

And finally, my ask. Consider committing to Philadelphia – staying here, making a difference here, and building a future here. Our city is full of opportunity for young people. Not only are there amazing jobs available, but we also have a vibrant environment and high quality of life at a lower cost than many other cities. Selfishly, I know that Philadelphia needs you – your energy, your creativity, your great minds and your hearts to help us thrive and to address some of the challenges that lie ahead.

I hope to see you around this summer!

Jim Kenney

Mayor, City of Philadelphia


Learn about Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31 and launching in Philly at campusphilly.org/launchevents.

#SummerGoals Start with Online Job + Internship Week

From squads to relationships, we see all kinds of #goals on social media. So what are your summer goals? If they include getting an internship, making memories and staying in Philadelphia, you should definitely check out  Online Job + Internship Week happening March 27-31. 

During Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week, you’ll find hundreds of reasons to stay in the region this summer.  Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With advice provided by Campus Philly’s President, Deborah Diamond and Program Manager, Debora Charmelus, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

Online Job + Internship Week preparation goals:
1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.

We can write a very long list of #phillysummergoals but we’ll keep it short and simple with our summer favorites and a note from Mayor Kenney to YOU! Finally, our interns, Dan and Haley, show you how easy and accessible– literally wherever you have an internet connection — Online Job + Internship Week is.

Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

ICYMI: Prepare to Launch Facebook Live Chat!

Want to get the most out of a job or internship? Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent college graduate. Campus Philly’s President Deborah Diamond went live this past Tuesday with Program Manager Debora Charmelus on Campus Philly’s to let you know what it takes to launch your career in Philly.

Watch it below or on our Facebook! P.S. Once we realized we were sideways, we flipped the camera!

Stay and launch in the greater Philadelphia region this summer! Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week is taking place March 27 to 31 at campusphilly.org/launch. Create your profile by March 24 to make the most of the week. Sign up today!