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If you are looking at finding a new job in 2013, you may want to take a closer look at the terms and phrases that you are using. Some of them may be a turn off to prospective employers.

According to a survey of hiring managers by OfficeTeam, these are seven phrases you should avoid. If you are thinking, “everyone can relate to cliches” think about this, some are overused and others are just plain meaningless. Here is the list of 7 terms to avoid and what you should replace them with, according to PR News.

  1. “Highly qualified”: Describe for the hiring manager what you bring to the role. Highlight your accomplishments in previous positions, emphasize your specific skills and note any certifications you have earned.
  2. “Hard worker”:Explain exactly how you’ve gone the extra mile. For instance, did you regularly meet tough deadlines, handle a high volume of projects or tackle tasks outside your job description?
  3. “Team player.”:Working well with others is a must for any role today. Provide examples of how you partnered with colleagues or individuals in other departments to meet an objective.
  4. “Problem solver”: People love others who can help them get out of a pickle, but be specific when you describe this quality. Highlight a difficult situation you encountered and how you handled it.
  5. “Flexible”: Hiring managers seek candidates who can adapt quickly to new situations. Describe how you responded to a major change at work or dealt with the unpredictable aspects of your job.
  6. “People person”: Employers want professionals with strong communication skills who can build camaraderie with internal and external contacts. Provide an example of how you won over a challenging customer or coworker.
  7. “Self-starter”: Companies seek individuals with initiative who can contribute immediately. Show how you took action when you saw an issue that needed to be fixed.

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