Hundred of Resumes. That would have to be how many I have critiqued in my four years of undergrad study. Between assisting career services and my business organizations, as well as career panels… I have seen my fair share of them. One thing that constantly sets a resume apart and gets it a second look are power words.
What is a power word? It’s the difference between getting a call for an interview, and having your resume tossed into the recycling bin. It’s a word that draws your reader in. Sell yourself with power words!
Who would you rather hire:
A) Worked as a waitress at XYZ restaurant
B) Developed strong interpersonal skills through 4 years serving at XYZ restaurant
Same exact job, see how much more compelling answer B sounds? Your waitressing skills instantly translates into a skill that you need in a professional workplace – interpersonal skills and relationships.
Here are some of my favorite Power Words:
That should get your brain juices flowing! What are some of your favorite words?
Whether you are looking for a job, or updating your skills to keep your resume fresh in the new year, use power words! The more you can integrate to highlight your skills the better.
Good luck Post Grads!