What’s a word worth in a resume? A lot

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You’ve heard it here before, skimming is the new reading. So want to know how to slow a reader down when they’re looking at your resume? You’ve come to the right place.

At The Bagg Group, we’re known for our expert eye. When we look at resumes, we do it through the eyes of our clients — the best companies in the GTA, in every sector. These companies seek high-achievers and that’s who we’re on the lookout to spot.

What does that mean for you when you’re writing your resume?

When people read your resume, they often start from the assumption that you can probably do the job. If you couldn’t, chances are wouldn’t apply. So readers are scanning for reason to believe that you can not only do it, but do it really well.

Your resume needs to show that you excel at the skills in demand. In a standout resume, each bullet point shows some kind of accomplishment.

Studies confirm that people tend to only read the first five words of a bullet point before deciding whether to read on.  

You’ll want to make those words count. The way to do that is to use what recruiters at The Bagg Group call power words

What’s a power word? turn on power word

It’s a word that shows action, energy, and accomplishment. These words give the person skimming your resume reason to keep reading.

Scroll down and look for the power words that fit the point you want to make.
Also, remember to look closely the key words in the job posting and use those when they apply.

Words that show achievement:

Completed

Outperformed

Outpaced

Succeeded

Accelerated

Earned

Surpassed

Demonstrated

Attained

Awarded

Redesigned

Strengthened

Revitalized

Streamlined

Transformed

Expanded

Boosted

Gained

Improved

Instituted

Engineered

Developed

Launched

Produced

Coordinated

Did you oversee anything? If so, lead with words that show you took charge:

Delegated

Dispatched

Ensured

Monitored

Screened

Verified

Authorized

Inspected

Itemized

Scrutinized

Spearheaded

Orchestrated

Programmed

If your job was to promote, communicate, etc. get straight to the point with such action words as these:

Authored (or Co-authored)

Briefed

Convinced

Illustrated

Persuaded

Publicized
Promoted

Documented

Campaigned

Counseled

Strategized

Defined

Lobbied

Formulated

If you were involved in customer relations, kick off with words showing that you improved the customer experience:

Informed

Consulted

Advised

Coached

Educated

Resolved

Related

Did you manage? If so use words that show you move people to action:

Mentored

Inspired

Guided

Rallied

Motivated

Directed

Persuaded

United

Aligned

Trained

We’ve interviewed so many thousands of people over our history to successfully match more than 60,000 people with the right full-time, temp and contract positions. Recruiters at Bagg Professional, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing couldn’t begin to add up the number of words related to work experience they’ve read or heard.  But we do know that the only words that always stand out from the rest are those that have actions attached to them.

 The power of the word is in the action.

 

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