Resume Power Words

Action Words for Powerful Resumes

When HR managers see the same resume over and over with phrases such as "detail oriented individual" and "great team player" you are decreasing your chances of getting an interview. Poorly chosen and repetitive phrases will cause the reader to lose interest.

Correctly using power words or action words will help you stand out from your competition and increase your chances of getting an interview.

The strongest words on your resume are not always verbs. Employers and their software aren’t scanning for “managed” and “assisted.” They’re looking for skills, certifications, degrees, job titles, names of products or services, names of processes, names of hardware and software, company names, names of professional or trade organizations, or names of schools.

One great way to discover which nouns your potential employer cares most about is to study the job description. Use those nouns and noun phrases in your resume. For example, if the employer states that they are looking for someone to build their customer base then those are the exact same words you should use on your resume if you have the experience.

Remember to check your potential employer’s website (Or: our Career Jamaica's convenient company information section here). You’ll learn a lot about the corporate culture and maybe glean some valuable words to include in your resume.

If you notice the same keywords on both the employer’s job description and the website, you should use them more than once.

Here is a list of our TOP POWER WORDS

Be sure to use them in your resume!

                  accomplished
achieved
acquired
administered
advised
aided
analyzed
anticipated
appointed
appraised
argued
arranged
assembled
assisted
assumed
attended
authorized
awarded
bolstered
briefed
budgeted
built
calculated
combined
communicated
compared
compiled
coordinated
counseled
crafted
critiqued
dealt
debated
defined
developed
devised
directed
discovered
drafted
earned
educated
elected
employed
encouraged
enjoyed
enlisted
established
evaluated
excelled
exercised
expanded
formulated
forwarded
fostered
gathered
gained
guided
heightened
helped
highlighted
identified
implemented
incorporated
increased
initiated
innovated
inspected
instructed
investigated


labored
launched
led
located
maintained
managed
maximized
monitored
motivated
negotiated
observed
operated
organized
oversaw
participated
perceived
persuaded
pioneered
planned
prepared
prescribed
presented
prevailed
processed
produced
profited
programmed
projected
promoted
qualified
realized
recommended
recognized



researched
screened
scrutinized
selected
served
simplified
solved
specialized
spearheaded
started
streamlined
strengthened
studied
submitted
suggested
summarized
supervised
supported
surveyed
synthesized
targeted
taught
tested
tracked
trained
transferred
transformed
translated
tutored
uncovered
updated
worked
wrote
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