Your self-directed employment assistant
Over the last couple months we have covered various topics related to the resume. We’ve covered types of resume layouts and templates, how to be succinct and keep your resume at a shorter length, and now this month we will go over how the usage of powerful language can truly enhance the way a potential employer views your experiences.
When the hiring managers of any given company are given a stack of resumes to look over and screen, the harsh reality is that the time spent reviewing each one is limited. If at first glance the applicant doesn’t draw them in with their resume and list of experiences, then the hiring manager will simply pass them by and move on to the next. It’s absolutely imperative that when you’re writing your resume to boost any of your past work with exceptionally powerful language. You can have years of accumulated experience managing a team or creating a brand or developing a tool, but if you don’t highlight those accomplishments in a way that demonstrates how enormous it was, an employer may fail to deduce that from your resume.
One example might be to use the words created or cultivated or produced instead of the word “made” when detailing the ways in which you improved a system or aspect of your job. Another example of powerful language is to use the words orchestrated or directed or pioneered instead of the word “led.” Of course, you’ll have to use your best judgement when deciding which word to utilize as not every synonym of a word will necessarily be appropriate to insert in its place.
There’s a lot of thought and preparation that goes into putting together your resume. Next time you sit down to update your current one, or perhaps to create a new one, keep in mind the language that you’re using to illustrate the amazing work you’ve accomplished. Not only is it in your best interest to get in the habit of streamlining your resume to make it easier to gauge your experiences, but also to do an overhaul of the words you use to describe what it is you’ve accomplished. The more descriptive and powerful your word choice, the more clear it will be to any given hiring manager that you are the one for the job! If you’d like to learn about the many, many powerful action words out there, check out this great article I came across. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next month, have a great start to the Fall. See you in October!