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
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:
Did you oversee anything? If so, lead with words that show you took charge:
If your job was to promote, communicate, etc. get straight to the point with such action words as these:
Authored (or Co-authored)
If you were involved in customer relations, kick off with words showing that you improved the customer experience:
Did you manage? If so use words that show you move people to action:
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.