At some point in our lives, we all have to write a resume. Unfortunately, no one ever teaches you how to do it. That was one of the reasons why I launched A Better Interview and offer that service today. What I would like to discuss with you are 4 supercharged resume words to help your resume get the attention it deserves. Word selection within resumes can make or break your chances of landing the interview! Without further ado…
Dictionary.com defines spearhead as – “any person or thing that leads or initiates an attack, a campaign, etc”. To a prospective employer, when you spearhead a project or campaign, you are the sole individual in charge. This screams loud and clear, “I have leadership qualities!” You might be thinking, “well, I used the word ‘Led’ instead, isn’t that the same thing?” Of course it is, they have the same meaning. However, spearhead is a supercharged word. It packs a bigger punch than most resume words.
Dictionary.com defines execute as – “to produce in accordance with a plan or design”. This tells your prospective employer that you get things done as well as being a decision-maker. You do not wait around for things to happen; you decide on the course of action and complete the task. When you execute a task or project, you oversee its success to the end. Another word you might be thinking of could be completed or achieved. Again, those both are okay words, but do not deliver the “1-2 punch” of the word “executed”. Try adding this resume word in!
Dictionary.com defines enhance as – “to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify”. This means that you don’t just follow orders or directions; you go above and beyond the call of duty. Anyone can do as told, but only a few go the extra mile. It’s those people that enhance the task or project and “wow” their employer. Some people use the word advance or upgrade. These are okay words, but any one can do that. It takes someone who is dedicated to go above and beyond to enhance something. This is a great resume word!
Dictionary.com defines consolidate as – “to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole”. This tells your new employer that you are able to create efficient methods out of complex issues. Employers are always looking to hire people to solve problems. An added benefit to any employer is when you can solve that problem and help improve that process. Two words that are commonly used are join or merge. As with the other words listed above, anyone can merge things together, but do they make things more efficient or just create more steps? Another great resume word to add in.
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