Huh. The more I pay attention, the more the superiority of showing something vs. telling it seems to crop up. This article on revamping your resume underscores ten overused cliches on resumes and offers examples of how to show a potential employer that you have the skills they are seeking rather than just telling them. Some examples:
- Kill this: Results-oriented professional. Replace with your own version: I love to solve thorny supply-chain problems
- Kill this: Strong work ethic
Replace with your own version: I taught myself HTML over a weekend in order to grab a marketing opportunity
- Kill this: Meets or exceeds expectations
Replace with your own version of this: Invited to join our executive staff at a strategy summit during my first year at the company
Of course, in the article it doesn't mention showing and telling. But they definitely advocate showing and the examples cited demonstrate why it is so much more effective.