These words will make your resume 7x more effective

You’re burning the midnight oil trying to prepare the best resume to beat your competition for your dream job  You want to make it stand out, make it pop, and catch the eye of the recruiter, but there is a problem:

How can you ever separate yourself if you prepare it in a way that is ineffective in achieving your end goal? 

Normal language in your resume that everyone else uses will not effectively let the recruiter know that there is a unique person behind the document being read. Since most resumes are cut and dry documents, adding your own ingenuity to the mix to spice things up is one way to set your resume apart. And to do this, you want to use the right words! 

Every word conveys a meaning, a means to an end, and when the recruiter sees your resume, you want him to think, “Wow, this person is on point!” If you have the drive to put yourself in the best possible position to win, then Listen up! 

Today, we will go over the words that will make your resume 7x more effective! 

Why use “Spearheaded”?

On a resume, the one thing you don’t want to do is hold back or come off as shy because you are trying to make a name for yourself at the end of the day. Use powerful words like “Spearheaded” to accentuate the level of your involvement in a particular project, task, or initiative, especially if you took a lead role in it. 

Language like this also has the positive consequence of developing your credibility with the recruiter by showing them what a taste of your leadership and ingenuity can produce instead of merely using “Started/Began” and so forth that have empty, cliche meanings. 

Why use “Value or Valued”? 

Using this word helps you come across as genuinely looking out for someone’s best interest or something, which is a huge green light to recruiters that’ll let them know you have the right priorities in mind as a potential candidate. 

It also makes you look more aware, cognizant, and growth mindset-oriented toward improving the quality of the product and business down the road, which helps fulfill the needs and resonates with recruiters in a company. A word that more or less builds upon a passionate pursuit of something great. Add value to your resume by adding “Value or Valued”! 

Why use “Orchestrated”? 

It is effortless to get in the habit of using easy words that don’t have much meaning behind them, and one example that stands out the most is the word “led.” A common, cliche phrase anyone can use. Led tells, but “Orchestrated” goes out of its way to paint a picture in our mind of how we led! 

Resumes are not the sexiest thing to type up, let alone read, so in this case, don’t be afraid to tell your story a little (briefly); show them a little more about you and your personality behind the document. This change in tone and meaning is more intriguing for the recruiter, especially those who have to read them.

“Unfortunately, recruiters don’t have the time to thoroughly read every resume they receive” says career coach and blogger Amanda Kay. “Your resume only has seconds to grab their attention and stand out from the rest, so make those seconds count!”

Don’t forget Action Verbs!

Increased revenue, achieved, and resolved all sound much better than the all too common sold, hard-worker, and fixed verbs everyone else uses. 

As we stated earlier, the correct verb such as orchestrated is more effective in communicating your actionable personality than saying you’re a team player! Be sure always to make sure that you do the following before hitting submit: 

  1. Scan your resume for vague verbs
  2. Look out for all too common verbs like hard-worker, team player, etc.
  3. Try your best to use a verb only 1x throughout your resume! 

That being said, don’t try and get too fancy because this can backfire on you! 

“Ideally, you’ll want to match the action verbs used in the job ad or job description,” says Amanda Kay. “That way, if an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is used to screen applications, your resume will already contain many of the keywords they are looking for.”

Now, don’t get too fancy! 

In correcting this bland usage of words that tell instead of show, the only thing you do not want to do is use fancy, sophisticated language that may block the recruiter from understanding your message and goal. 

Make sure language is clear, concise, and cogent on the one hand and has depth and avoids cliches on the other. 

Don’t spend hours making a mountain out of a molehill; ultimately, your experience will speak for yourself, and it’s better to be yourself than to try and sound too smart! 

The verdict!

Words are powerful and convey meanings, but also help paint images in peoples’ minds. 

Cliches and empty words will do you a disservice along with a majority of other candidates who will attach themselves to that approach for convenience. It makes you look indifferent, shows a lack of effort, and honestly shows an unwillingness to separate yourself. 

Your goal is to stand out among the masses, show another side to you like your story and personality, and give the recruiter a taste of the “real” you look like instead of the “paper” you. 

Orchestrate, Value or Valued, and Spearhead are all wonderful words that will help give you a leg up in putting yourself in the driver’s seat of effectiveness the next time you sit down for an interview!