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List of Power Words for a Resume

Posted on 05-Feb-2016 05:56 PM

If you could use a list of power words for a resume, then this article is for you.  Whether you are writing your resume or perhaps helping someone else with theirs, you will find the following lists helpful.

List of Power Words for a Resume

Power words make a sentence, or resume, stronger. Sometimes there is little difference between applicants for a job, and a strong resume can help you to stand out, or at least make the cut for an interview. Here is a list of power words for a resume for various fields:

  • Management Power Words: Built, Demonstrated, Developed, Enhanced, Facilitated, Generated, Impacted, Implemented, Negotiated, Revitalized
  • Sales and Marketing Power Words: Closed, Collaborated, Delivered, Drove, Established, Generated, Increased, Presented, Prospected, Retained
  • Accounting Power Words: Analyzed, Audited, Justified, Prepared, Processed, Reported, Researched, Reviewed, Verified
  • Healthcare Power Words: Assigned, Assessed, Assisted, Cared, Charged, Monitored, Nursed, Provided, Secured
  • Technical Power Words: Analyzed, Built, Consulted, Created, Escalated, Formatted, Integrated, Maintained, Programmed, Set up, Supported, Troubleshot
  • Academic Power Words: Applied, Authored, Counseled, Developed, Educated, Evaluated, Mentored, Nourished, Researched, Taught, Tutored

Two sites that have a long list of power words for a resume are International and Resume

Tips on Making a Resume

You have several options when putting together a resume. You can have one professionally made by a resume writing company. It will cost some money, but may be worth it to land your dream job. Remember that the cost of a professional writing service would be tax deductible. Also, the staff would be made up of professionals that would make your resume strong and persuasive.  

If you want to try it on your own, there are several sites online that have resume building tools that will guide you. The tools will take care of formatting, fonts, etc. so you will just have to write it. If you need some writing tips, read on.  

Resume Writing Tips

Before you even start writing your resume, find out if there is a certain format for resumes in your industry. If you are applying to a local, small business, the format would not be as important. If you are ready, here are some things to remember. 

Honesty is the best policy. Fully explain any gaps between jobs and be accurate about skills, training, and experience.  If you lie on your resume and the company wants to hire you, they will probably check on at least a few things. If you have lied, they definitely won’t hire you. It’s a big risk to take that they won’t check everything. 

Make your writing strong and positive. Do not use “I” or “me” and start each description with a power word or an action word. Some examples of action words are:

achieved, administered, coordinated, decided, improved, introduced, investigated, modernized, planned, promoted, and updated.

Write using an active voice rather than a passive one. Active voice is more concise and easier to understand. If you don’t know what active voice is, as opposed to passive voice, this example will show you.

  • Active: I managed a team of seven people.
  • Passive: A team of seven people was managed by me.

Passive voice is sometimes confusing and vague; whereas active voice tells it like it is and adds impact to your writing.

Your resume should be one page long unless you have a long work history. Using the active voice will shorten the sentences which will help. If it is still too long, try to rewrite the descriptions.

To be professional, include a cover letter. The paper for this and the resume needs to be good quality and be white or ivory. Make sure to use an easy to read font that is between 10 and 14 in size.

Last, don’t forget to proofread. There are words that sound the same and are spelled differently, like “there” and “their” to watch out for. Also, some typos make new words, so spell check won’t catch them.