Communication ~ Resume Action Words

Yesterday was “Resume day”. It is the day that the group I am working with gets to absorb tons of information from me in the morning and then they go to the computer lab to create a resume using the information I have given them.

It is a very big day for me because I often must have up to 12 resumes done between 1-4:30 PM so I am moving pretty fast. One of the most important aspects to communication and resumes is the words you choose to describe yourself. Action words, keywords, descriptive words…it doesn’t matter what you call them…they need to have power. We all have duties that we must complete at our jobs but it is how you portray those duties and skills that matter. Let’s look today at a few duties and add some action words to them.

Let us say for instance that I do some accounting work and I am always working with data/numbers. I could say:
Work with data and numbers. or I could say: Analyze data and ensure that numbers and information are accurate. Analyze is an action word and it changes the power of the statement.

Or the statement to me could be: I take the numbers and make sure they match up. I would transform that statement to: Assembled and compiled statistics and prepared reports for accounting department. That statement has 3 action words in one statement!

Keywords are action words that show you did something or they are industry related. I am a Career Coach so I “facilitate”, “teach”, “direct”, and “develop “, other keywords for my industry might be “resume”, “interviewing”, “motivation”, “workshop” or “networking“.

It is important to know your keywords. If my statement to someone was…I help others write resumes. That is the truth but doesn’t it sound better when I say…Facilitate comprehensive resume writing program for dislocated workers?

Any search engine can give you lists of action words if you do a search and if you are working in an industry then you already know your keywords (sometimes called buzz words) you just need to pull them out.

Powerful communication will get you noticed and your resume must be a very powerful communication tool!

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