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Hiring Managers Reveal the 15 BEST Words to Use on Your Resume

I was recently made aware of a great survey that the Harris Poll did online on behalf of CareerBuilder. They asked more than 2200 hiring managers and HR professionals to rank the best and worst words on resumes. Below I’m including their list of the BEST words you can use on your resume. You’ll note one common theme among the top 15 best words—they are mostly action-driven verbs! It’s time to pull out your resume and play a quick game of word search!

RESUME WORDS EMPLOYERS WANT TO SEE:Resume and question mark

1. Achieved: 52 percent

2. Improved: 48 percent

3. Trained/Mentored: 47 percent

4. Managed: 44 percent

5. Created: 43 percent

6. Resolved: 40 percent

7. Volunteered: 35 percent

8. Influenced: 29 percent

9. Increased/Decreased: 28 percent

10. Ideas: 27 percent

11. Negotiated: 25 percent

12. Launched: 24 percent

13. Revenue/Profits: 23 percent

14. Under budget: 16 percent

15. Won: 13 percent

What’s great about these terms is that they communicate action and show that you’ve actually DONE something. We use these phrases and many more just like them to differentiate our clients—and you would be amazed at how rapidly it increases their resume response rate.

FURTHER READING:

3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters

PS. I’d love to meet you on Twitter here.

You can read the rest of the CareerBuilder survey here.

 

I was recently made aware of a great survey that the Harris Poll did online on behalf of CareerBuilder. They asked more than 2200 hiring managers and HR professionals to rank the best and worst words on resumes. Below I’m including their list of the BEST words you can use on your resume. You’ll note one common theme among the top 15 best words—they are mostly action-driven verbs! It’s time to pull out your resume and play a quick game of word search!

RESUME WORDS EMPLOYERS WANT TO SEE:

1. Achieved: 52 percent

2. Improved: 48 percent

3. Trained/Mentored: 47 percent

4. Managed: 44 percent

5. Created: 43 percent

6. Resolved: 40 percent

7. Volunteered: 35 percent

8. Influenced: 29 percent

9. Increased/Decreased: 28 percent

10. Ideas: 27 percent

11. Negotiated: 25 percent

12. Launched: 24 percent

13. Revenue/Profits: 23 percent

14. Under budget: 16 percent

15. Won: 13 percent

What’s great about these terms is that they communicate action and show that you’ve actually DONE something. We use these phrases and many more just like them to differentiate our clients—and you would be amazed at how rapidly it increases their resume response rate.

FURTHER READING:

3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters

PS. I’d love to meet you on Twitter here.

You can read the rest of the CareerBuilder survey here.

 

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A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica's innovative and brand-driven resume development strategies have secured a 99.6% interview-winning success rate for her clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted numerous times throughout CNN.com, The Chicago Tribune, Monster.com, Local Job Network Radio, International Business Times, and more.
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