Best Resume Words

Creating a resume? Here's one persons list of the best words for creating your resume. If you are looking to update your resume and need some power words for characterizing your skills and work contributions in a positive light, this list is for you. Take a quick break and quiz yourself using the words to power a hangman puzzle game.

Play Resume Hangman

If you are looking for a good guide to refresh your efforts, try out "The Damn Good Resume Guide" by Yana Parker. Find it on Amazon

Here are some general ideas I've gleaned from the book. To help you get started.

Ten steps...

  1. Know your job target.
  2. Discover the knowledge, skills, and experience required for your job target.
  3. Create a list of your skills.
  4. Make a brief list of your accomplishments around each skill you listed.
  5. Reduce that list of accomplishments into short, simple descriptions using powerful action words.
  6. Create a list of jobs from your past and list them chronologically.
  7. Create a list of your education, and any training you've received.
  8. Pick a format for your resume which best suites your information.
  9. Place your action statements into the resume format you've chosen.
  10. Make a summary of your key points.

List of Resume Power Words

accomplishments
achieved
acted
adapted
addressed
administered
advised
allocated
analyzed
appraised
approved
arbitrated
arranged
assembled
assessed
assigned
assisted
attained
audited
authored
balanced
budgeted
built
calculated
catalogued
chaired
clarified
classified
clerical
coached
collaborated
collected
communicated
communication
compiled
computed
conceptualized
configured
consolidated
contracted
convinced
coordinated
corresponded
counseled
created
creative
critiqued
customized
delegated
demonstrated
demystified
designed
detail
developed
devised
diagnosed
directed
drafted
edited
educated
enabled
encouraged
engineered
enlisted
established
evaluated
examined
executed
expanded
expedited
explained
extracted
fabricated
facilitated
fashioned
financial
for
forecast
formulated
founded
generated
goals
guided
helping
identified
illustrated
implemented
improved
increased
influenced
informed
initiated
inspected
installed
instituted
instructed
integrated
interpreted
interviewed
introduced
invented
investigated
lectured
maintained
managed
management
marketed
mediated
moderated
monitored
motivated
negotiated
operated
organized
originated
overhauled
oversaw
performed
persuaded
pioneered
planned
prepared
prioritized
processed
produced
programmed
projected
promoted
publicized
purchased
recommended
reconciled
recorded
recruited
reduced
referred
rehabilitated
remodeled
repaired
represented
research
researched
resolved
restored
retrieved
reviewed
revitalized
scheduled
screened
set
shaped
skills
solved
spearheaded
specified
spoke
stimulated
strengthened
summarized
supervised
surveyed
systematized
tabulated
teaching
technical
trained
transformed
translated
troubleshooting
upgraded
validated
verbs
wrote

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