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Convincing Keywords and 398 Resume Action Words for Your Template

Employer must always be careful of a resume and what is inside it, for words have the power to change us.

— adapted quote of Cassandra Clare

A resume is nothing more than words. The goal of these words is to persuade the company to consider you as a potential problem-solving, results-driven employee.

A widely spread opinion has convinced everyone that the key of being such an employee is to have a lot of experience, but this is only partially true. While the experience section is the heart of the resume, companies scan this section to find the person with the most relevant experience, not the one with the most experience.

The best resume tells things the company wants to hear. Discover and take advantage of words that work magically.

Beneficial Words

The single most important rule, if you really want to get a call for an interview, is to tailor your resume to fit particular job position for which you are applying. That will make your experience match the position as closely as possible.

An effective way to do this is to pick out and use keywords that are in the job description itself. If a company is searching for a digital marketing specialist, use these words for any of your achievements that might fall under that category. Use words that are important to the employer.

In addition to the keywords that employers simply give away, consider mentioning other essential "power words". Examples include:

  1. Revenue/Profits
  2. Service/Product
  3. Growth/Increase
  4. Budget
  5. Idea
  6. Time
  7. Client
  8. Customer
  9. Process
  10. Task

Magical Ingredients

Words are important, but if you structure them poorly, the resume will sound unprofessional. The single most common mistake among job hunters is to use keywords to describe duties instead of achievements. It's no good listing a task if you can't prove you're good at it. The secret ingredient of a good resume is results.

The best way to show results is to demonstrate how you solved a problem and the most solid proof of this is numbers. Use a percentage, number of years, or dollar amount to assure a hiring manager looking at your resume that you're a high performer. Not a person who blindly do tasks only.

Show how you solved problems by stressing performance. Start each accomplishment with an action word. Here is an exhaustive list of 398 great words that are as unique as achievements of every individual. Pick your favorites:

Amplified
Accelerated
Accentuated
Accompanied
Accomplished
Achieved
Acquired
Acted
Adapted
Added
Addressed
Adjusted
Administered
Adopted
Advanced
Advertised
Advised
Advocated
Aided
Aligned
Allocated
Allotted
Amended
Analyzed
Answered
Anticipated
Applied
Appointed
Appraised
Approved
Arbitrated
Arranged
Articulated
Assembled
Assessed
Assigned
Assisted
Attained
Attended
Audited
Balanced
Began
Blended
Blocked
Boosted
Bought
Bridged
Briefed
Broadened
Budgeted
Built
Calculated
Campaigned
Canvassed
Capitalized
Captured
Cataloged
Categorized
Cautioned
Centralized
Certified
Chaired
Challenged
Changed
Charted
Checked
Cited
Clarified
Classified
Closed
Coached
Co-authored
Coded
Collaborated
Collected
Combined
Committed
Communicated
Compared
Competed
Compiled
Completed
Composed
Computed
Conceived
Conceptualized
Condensed
Conducted
conferred
Conserved
Considered
Consolidated
Constructed
Consulted
Contacted
Contracted
Contributed
Controlled
Conveyed
Converted
Convinced
Cooperated
Co-ordinated
Corrected
Corresponded
Counseled
Created
Customized
Debated
Debugged
Decided
Decreased
Deducted
Defined
Delegated
Delegated 
Delivered
Demonstrated
Described
Designated
Designed
Detected
Determined
Developed
Devised
Devoted
Diagnosed
Diagramed
Differentiated
Directed
Discovered
Discussed
Dispatched
Displayed
Dissected
Distinguished
Distributed
Diversified
Documented
Drafted
Drew
Drove
Earned
Edited
Educated
Elected
Elicited
Eliminated
Emphasized
Enabled
Encouraged
Enforced
Engineered
Enhanced
Enlisted
Ensured
Entered
Established
Estimated
Evaluate
Evaluated
Examined
Exceeded
Executed
Expanded
Expedited
Experimented
Explained
Explored
Expressed
Extracted
Fabricated
Facilitated
Fashioned
Fielded
Filed
Finished
Focused
Forecasted
Forged
Formed
Fortified
Fostered
Founded
Framed
Fulfilled
Furthered
Gained
Gathered
Gave
Generated
Graded
Graduated
Grew
Guided
Handled
Headed
Helped
Hired
Hosted
Identified
Illustrated
Implemented
Improved
Incorporated
Increased
Individualized
Influenced
Informed
Initiated
Innovated
Inspected
Installed
Instilled
Instituted
Instructed
Insured
Integrated
Interacted
Interpreted
Intervened
Interviewed
Introduced
Invented
Investigated
Involved
Issued
Itemized
Yielded
Joined
Judged
Launched
Lectured
Led
Lessened
Lifted
Linked
Located
Logged
Maintained
Managed
Mapped
Marketed
Maximized
Measured
Mediated
Mentored
Merged
Mobilized
Modeled
Moderated
Modernized
Modified
Monitored
Motivated
Navigated
Negotiated
Observed
Obtained
Opened
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Originated
Outlined
Outpaced
Outperformed
Overhauled
Oversaw
Participated
Partnered
Performed
Persuaded
Played
Planned
Plotted
Predicted
Prepared
Presented
Presided
Prioritized
Processed
Produced
Programmed
Projected
Promoted
Proposed
Provided
Published
Purchased
Pursued
Quantified
Questioned
Raised
Ranked
Reached
Rebuilt
Received
Recommended
Recorded
Recruited
Rectified
Redefined
Redesigned
Reduced
Reengineered
Referred
Refined
Refocused
Registered
Regulated
Rehabilitated
Reinforced
Remodeled
Removed
Renegotiated
Renewed
Reorganized
Repaired
Replaced
Reported
Represented
Researched
Resolved
Responded
Restored
Restructured
Revamped
Reviewed
Revised
Revitalized
Revived
Routed
Saved
Scheduled
Screened
Scrutinized
Searched
Secured
Selected
Served
Serviced
Set
Set up
Settled
Shaped
Showcased
Signed
Simplified
Simulated
Systematized
Sold
Solicited
Solved
Sought
Spearheaded
Specialized
Specified
Spoke
Sponsored
Staffed
Standardized
Stimulated
Streamlined
Strengthened
Structured
Submitted
Succeeded
Suggested
Summarized
Superseded
Supervised
Supplied
Supported
Surpassed
Surveyed
Sustained
Tailored
Targeted
Taught
Terminated
Tested
Tracked
Trained
Transcended
Transformed
Transmitted
Unified
United
Updated
Upgraded
Utilized
Validated
Valued
Verified
Volunteered
Won
Wrote

Beyond the Resume

Don't send a single generic resume to a wide range of 200 companies. You don't want to settle for ANY job. Find five companies that you really like and tailor your resume for each one. The next day find five more companies and do it again.

Quality, not quantity, is key when it comes to sending out resumes. Act smarter, not harder; this will put you ahead of the crowd.

Conclusion

Using keywords is one of the most important elements of the tailored resume. Applicant Tracking Systems and hiring managers alike scan for keywords, so there is no question: you must include special words as well. Choose them carefully, and then give your sentences credibility by using numbers.

Take your time to write a great resume — words have power to change everyone. Your resume goal is to make you as the one and only solution to your prospective employer's problems. Bolster your resume with professional achievements, and you will get a call from the job of your dreams.