No, no. I don't mean it that way. Of course I support my clients - my friends, too, by the way - in being as responsible as possible. But one thing that I'd love to see disappear from the resume world is the phrase "responsible for." It's boring. It doesn't really tell the reader what you DID. "Responsible for" simply doesn't make your resume interesting or compelling. More importantly, "responsible for" tells very little about what you actually did - or how you did it.

"Responsible for" gives the distinct impression - which is very likely not true - that a candidate has just stuck to the job description.  Not gone above and beyond. Not taken initiative.

That's not the impression you want to create.

So it's important to find the right word - usually a verb - to fit the situation. If you led a team, directed an initiative, or contributed to results - say that. Define how you addressed a problem, and tell the reader clearly about the results you delivered.

That makes it much easier for the hiring authority to get a sense of you - and your career. Which makes it more likely that you'll hear back. As we've discussed, hearing back is a very good thing.

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