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Resume Tip Tuesday: 20 Power Words for Your Resume

Posted July 09, 2013

Welcome to Resume Tip Tuesday! Come to CareerBliss every Tuesday for a brand new resume tip to help you in your job search!


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What are resume power words? Power words in your resume are eye-catching, action verbs and always followed by a detailed, meaningful and concise example of an awesome achievement.

Of course, you should use these words with caution. Stuffing all 20 into your resume is probably not going to do the trick – quality over quantity here. Carefully handpick the words that are most relevant to your experience and job description.

Again (we can’t emphasize this enough) make sure you back it up with a concrete detail about your achievement.

  1. Conceptualized
  2. Trained
  3. Built
  4. Introduced
  5. Strengthened
  6. Directed
  7. Persuaded
  8. Forecasted
  9. Projected
  10. Assessed
  11. Set goals
  12. Promoted
  13. Oversaw
  14. Improved
  15. Adapted
  16. Solved
  17. Initiated
  18. Planned
  19. Managed
  20. Increased

*This list is inspired by Boston College Career Center

Bonus tip: While we’re at it, here’s a list of some worn out adjectives and phrases that you should try to steer clear of if you truly want to stand out. Using these words isn’t going to sabotage your chances or anything (that’s a bit extreme).

These are just some of the most overused buzzwords found on resume, according to LinkedIn. So if you want to be less generic, avoid these:

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Motivated
  5. Extensive experience
  6. Track record
  7. Innovative
  8. Responsible
  9. Analytical
  10. Problem solving
Tune in next Tuesday for another awesome resume (and cover letter) tip! 
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Ritika Trikha

Ritika Trikha is passionate about scoping out top-notch job advice in the career-sphere to help you find a job you love. Ritika has 99 problems but an unhappy career isn’t one! She’s a writer and an optimist (and Jay Z’s No. 1 fan). When Ritika’s not writing stellar advice articles, she’s obsessing over social media. Connect with her via CareerBliss Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+! Contact Ritika at ritika.trikha@careerbliss.com.

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