Powerful words are used to describe actions and are commonly known as “doing words”, so they are crucial if you want to describe how your input impacts your employers.
Your written vocabulary is obviously extremely important in the process of writing your CV, but you must pay particular attention to the verbs you include.
In the past year alone, we have reviewed thousands of resumes across sectors, industries and roles. There are a few resume which were eye catching and stood apart from other cliched resumes.
In this post, we will highlight a few of the powerful words aka action words which play a crucial role while your resume is being screened by employers.
Employers always prefer to hire staff who deliver results for them. So whether you deliver cost savings, product sales or projects, ensure that your CV shows exactly what you deliver and how you deliver it. Including numbers when doing so can really quantify your value.
Reduction can often be perceived as a negative term but when it comes to spending money and resources, companies are keen to make reductions. If you have been involved in cost or time saving initiatives, then include them in your CV and use facts and figures to detail the value you have added.
Businesses are always looking for ways to improve their offerings, so if you are a candidate who can bring serious improvements to an organisation, make it clear in your CV. Whether you can introduce improved processes, improved sales figures or improved performance, explain the improvements clearly to recruiters in your role descriptions.
Management skills are important across a wide range of professions and industries, but this is not limited to people management only. Skills like time management, supplier management, stakeholder management and process management are also valuable and highly regarded by hiring managers. So include any elements of management you use in your roles to show potential employers that you have control over the outcome of your work.
Negotiation is a core skill in the workplace, and it’s not just exclusive to sales staff. Negotiation is an important tool which can be used to obtain better prices from suppliers or to gain budget approval from a line manager. Any CV could benefit from one or two examples of negotiation that has benefited the candidate and their employer.
Businesses face problems on a daily basis, so employees who can resolve these problems are highly sort after. Detail the issues that you face in your roles, the steps you take to resolve them and the results you achieve in doing so.
As the saying goes, “fail to prepare and prepare to fail” – this basically means that preparation is the blueprint of success. Therefore it makes sense to show recruiters that you have the ability to plan effectively in the workplace and see your plans through to completion.
Having the ability to train others not only shows that you have expertise in your field, but it also indicates that you have the communication skills and confidence to deliver training sessions. If you have held training responsibilities in your previous roles, be sure to include them in your CV.
Apart from the above words, your resume should be simple & crisp. It should most importantly pass through the ATS which most of the fortune 500 firms have deployed.
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