Words to rev up your resume
Most job seekers would love to believe that hiring managers put as much effort into reading their resumes as they did in writing them.
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The fact is they don't. In fact, most resumes have one minute or less to dazzle a hiring manager before being deemed "pass" or "fail."
Against odds like that, every one of a resume's words has got to count.
"When you list your achievements, pay attention to how you write about them. The words you choose have a huge influence on employers. Employers will judge your resume on how well you communicate, so it's important to choose powerful words," say Jim Bright and Joanne Earl,
co-authors of the recently released book Amazing Resumes, Second Edition.
In their book, Bright and Earl outline a list of verbs to help job seekers pack their resumes with a punch. "You can also add power adverbs to boost the strength of your selling verbs even more," they say.
Job seekers should also be aware that there are dozens of words that can demean their resume because of their negative connotation. Job seekers should also be wary of cliches. "These are the overused phrases that become meaningless and irritating. At best, they will be disregarded; at worst, they will irritate the reader," say Bright and Earl.
Below are some examples:
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