Choose Persuasive Words for Your Resume - dummies

By Amanda McCarthy, Kate Southam

Part of Writing Resumes & Cover Letters For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian/New Zealand Edition)

Write your resume using strong, powerful words that engage employers and recruiters and make them want to keep reading about you. Keep the language clear and professional, and use commonly used keywords to highlight your achievements in your industry. By using words from the job ad in your resume as well as industry terms, you stand a higher chance of getting shortlisted when either a human being or a piece of software first reads your resume.

Here are some tips on getting the language in your resume right:

  • Use strong descriptive words to outline your responsibilities and achievements, for example:

    • Capable

    • Competent

    • Delivered

    • Dynamic

    • Exceeded

    • Excelled

    • Experienced

    • Improved

    • Increased

    • Initiated

    • Positive

    • Qualified

    • Self-motivated

    • Significant

    • Strengths

  • Write in an active not a passive voice.

  • Spell out uncommon acronyms and abbreviations.

  • Leave out slang words and casual talk.

  • Avoid old-fashioned terms — keep up with the times.