Your resume is a one-stop document that highlights your most relevant experiences, skills, and accomplishments. It’s the first part of your application that is going to grab an employer’s attention. According to The Balance, “Studies show that recruiters and HR folks spend as little as six seconds reviewing resumes before they move them to the ‘yes’ pile—or toss them in the trash,” so you want to keep your resume readable and concise. A key factor of grabbing an employer’s attention is through using trending keywords. Here are some tips for how you can amp up your resume through word choice.
Words to avoid in your resume
Every year, LinkedIn produces a list of the most popular buzzwords words used on resumes over the previous year. This is an important list of words to avoid using in order to help your resume stand out. For example, the 2018 list included the following words:
Sometimes these words are impossible to avoid (and that’s okay!), but trying to find powerful alternatives that showcase the results of your work can help your resume stand out.
Check out the job description
If you are applying for a job and your resume contains some of the words from the above list, one option is to replace them with keywords from the job description. They may have included a word that is more specific to the skills they are seeking, so why not tailor your resume to their needs? This is a great way to get your resume some attention.
Get creative but not too creative
The balance between finding a creative, but not too creative, descriptive word is tricky! Employers are looking for candidates whose skills and experiences match the job description and show results. As The Muse has demonstrated, recruiters want to see the results of your applied skills rather than the skills themselves. Instead of using descriptive phrases like “Think outside the box,” “Team player,” or “detail-oriented,” try “achieved,” “improved,” “negotiated,” and “launched.” These buzzwords require you to say what you achieved, launched, or negotiated. The Muse also has a fantastic list of 185 verbs that can amp up your resume.
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