10 Powerful Resume Keywords

Writing a resume can be a daunting task but armed with 10 powerful resume keywords will help you take your resume from average to amazing. Every professional resume writer has a list of all-time favorite words. Generally these words spell ‘success’ and when used correctly, not only capture the reader but also shares a story. Recently speaking with a client, I was asked why I selected specific words, and my answer was simply, because I want your character to be known.

Words like ‘dynamic’ allow people to think of people who characteristically are self-motivated, ready for action, and full of life. ‘Customer-focused’ may lead people to think of someone who is considerate, thoughtful, and experienced with front-end business leadership rather than non-customer, facing like IT administration.

Every word resonates differently and each word needs to be strategically used, not only to describe the job seeker but also to appeal to the company the job seeker is applying to.

Here’s my list of great resume keywords:

Accelerated

Transformed

Collaborated

Piloted

Promoted

Simplified/Streamlined

Pioneered

Reinvigorated

Fostered

Directed

I’d love for you to share with me your favorite words. Until next time!

About Simply Great Resumes

Simply Great Resumes is an Executive and Professional Resume Writing Service located in Milwaukee (previously Minneapolis) who partners with business leaders and emerging professionals within Global Fortune 500, large private, mid-sized, and start-up enterprises since 2012.

A solopreneur business, Simply Great Resumes is owned by Kerry Gustafson. Kerry is a recognized, award-winning professional who holds industry-leading certifications – Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Career Coach (CPCC), and Certified Interview Coach (CEIC) through the first association for career professionals in the world, PARW/CC. Dedicated to partnering and delivering on client career goals and branding strategies, Kerry holds an incredible industry-high referral rate. Year over year she exceeds 90%. This is a testament to the results she delivers and the value she provides to her high-performing clients.