30 powerful words to add to your resume now

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One of our top stories of the year so far has been about the words that you should cut from your resume in 2016 (and forever.) We’ve received some feedback that many of those are commonly used terms and phrases, leading people to wonder what they should be saying instead. See: The 10 Words to Delete from your Resume.

The trouble with the overused words is that they mostly describe duties and responsibilities in a bland way. To make your resume pop for employers who’ll be reading many similar documents in a short time period, you need dynamic action and accomplishment words.

Here are 30 awesome words to use in your resume:

Solved
Promoted
Oversaw
Improved
Overhauled
Generated
Managed
Lead
Accomplished
Identified
Implemented
Trained
Built
Introduced
Strengthened
Directed
Launched
Increased
Planned
Established
Persuaded
Organized
Projected
Assessed
Streamlined
Initiated
Saved
Wrote
Adapted
Won

 

Try using some of these to describe your actions and accomplishments on the job. Leave ‘assisted with’, ‘dealt with’, and ‘handled’ for the other guys.

Remember the action words in your resume should define the results that they delivered for the employer. That’s what future hiring managers are going to want to see. Your ability to achieve.

 

See also:

These 5 resume mistakes are keeping you from getting hired
How to optimize your resume for the 10-second skim
How to choose the right resume format

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