You probably know the basics of résumé writing, like structure, formatting, and content. But there's an element that either makes your résumé stand out, or get sent to the bottom of the stack. That element is how you present yourself through your writing. You need to catch an interviewer’s attention with standout words that highlight your skill set, confidence, and qualifications for the job.
Your experience and education are usually the most important aspects of your résumé, but if it’s between you and another equally qualified candidate, using standout words to present yourself can help you win the top spot.
Use these words and phrases on your résumé to really stand out among the rest.
Talk about projects that you finished at your previous jobs, or major personal achievements you made outside of work. Highlight what you have achieved to show you can get the job done.
Training is impressive to prospective employers because it shows you not only have a solid foundation of skills, but a thirst for knowledge.
Even if you’re not applying for a management position, showing that you have the capability to lead emphasizes your ability to handle a large workload and manage multiple tasks.
Volunteer experience is great to include on a résumé because it lets the interviewer know you’re hardworking both at work and in your time off. It also shows you're a passionate person who is willing to donate time and resources.
Contributions to a major product launch are especially impressive to new employers. Plus they exemplify your creativity and organizational skills.
6. Earned revenue
Using concrete examples of the sales or revenue you increased during a previous position is impressive to prospective employers in certain fields.
Design skills show your creativity and originality, which is important in positions with a design element.
Experience with high-tech software or special skills acquired through operations at another company will show you’re a fast learner and adaptable to different work environments.
Show your ability to work on a project from beginning to end. This shows follow-through and grit.
If you can measure your revenue contributions, articulate your ability to effectively communicate and sell to customers.
On the flip side, adjectives such as “hard-working,” “cooperative” or “innovative” are not standout words–they're overused and don’t tell much about your experience. The words in the list above directly relate to positions and skills that can earn you the top spot on the employer’s candidate list.
It’s important to note that some employers now use databases to scan resumes for keywords they want to see on resumes. In addition to the words above, use words related to your job title throughout your résumé to get passed these automated scanners.