Resume Series Part #4: Keywords

Posted by Steve Flynn on 4/12/12 9:00 PM

Think about the skills and requirements of the job and determine what key words an employer might be seeking in a resume. As opposed to the traditional resume where we focus on action verbs, the scannable resume must focus on key nouns and phrases that might be used as search terms.

Use terms and familiar industry acronyms. If you are applying for an accounting position, you will need "certified public accountant" as well as "CPA" on your resume. It is wise to use both the abbreviation and write out the skill, task, etc. (i.e. CAD and computer-assisted design). You might consider adding a "key skills" section to your resume that will allow you to use more of the words, phrases and jargon with which employers are more familiar.

Action Words

 Accelerated

 Contracted

 Fabricated

 Manipulated

 Restored

 Accomplished

 Contributed

 Facilitated

 Marketed

 Retrieved

 Accounted

 Controlled

 Familiarized

 Measured

 Reviewed

 Achieved

 Coordinated

 Fashioned

 Mediated

 Revised

 Acquired

 Corresponded

 Filed

 Motivated

 Scheduled

 Adapted

 Counseled

 Focused

 Negotiated

 Screened

 Administered

 Created

 Forecast

 Observed

 Secured

 Advised

 Critiqued

 Formulated

 Operated

 Selected

 Advocated

 Dealt

 Found

 Organized

 Served

 Aided

 Debated

 Generated

 Oversaw

 Simplified

 Allocated

 Delegated

 Guided

 Originated

 Sold

 Analyzed

 Delivered

 Headed

 Participated

 Solidified

 Applied

 Demonstrated

 Hired

 Performed

 Solved

 Appraised

 Designed

 Identified

 Persuaded

 Specified

 Approved

 Determined

 Illustrated

 Planned

 Staffed

 Arbitrated

 Developed

 Implemented

 Predicted

 Started

 Arranged

 Devised

 Improved

 Prepared

 Stimulated

 Assembled

 Diagnosed

 Improvised

 Presented

 Streamlined

 Assessed

 Directed

 Indoctrinated

 Prioritized

 Strengthened

 Assigned

 Discovered

 Influenced

 Processed

 Stressed

 Assisted

 Dispatched

 Informed

 Produced

 Structured

 Attained

 Displayed

 Initiated

 Programmed

 Succeeded

 Audited

 Distinguished

 Innovated

 Projected

 Summarized

 Balanced

 Distributed

 Inspected

 Provided

 Supervised

 Based

 Documented

 Inspired

 Published

 Supported

 Budgeted

 Diversified

 Instituted

 Purchased

 Surveyed

 Built

 Drafted

 Instructed

 Questioned

 Synthesized

 Calculated

 Drew

 Integrated

 Recommended

 Tabulated

 Catalogued

 Earned

 Interpreted

 Reconciled

 Taught

 Chaired

 Edited

 Interviewed

 Recorded

 Trained

 Clarified

 Educated

 Introduced

 Recruited

 Transferred

 Classified

 Effected

 Invented

 Reduced

 Translated

 Coached

 Eliminated

 Investigated

 Referred

 Traveled

 Collated

 Enabled

 Involved

 Regulated

 Treated

 Collected

 Encouraged

 Installed

 Rehabilitated

 Trimmed

 Communicated

 Engineered

 Judged

 Reinforced

 Uncovered

 Compiled

 Enlisted

 Launched

 Reorganized

 Updated

 Completed

 Established

 Lectured

 Repaired

 Upgraded

 Composed

 Evaluated

 Led

 Represented

 Utilized

 Computed

 Examined

 Lobbied

 Researched

 Validated

 Conceived

 Executed

 Located

 Resolved

 Visualized

 Conceptualized

 Exhibited

 Maintained

 Responded

 

 Conducted

 Expanded

 Managed

 

 

 Confronted

 Expedited

 

 

 

 Consolidated

 Explained

 

 

 

 Constructed

 Expressed

 

 

 

 Contained

 Extracted

 

 

 

We hope this will help you in revamping your resume for your job search!

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