Posted April 17, 2008 by

Punch Up Your Resume–With Power-Packed Words!

Looking for a new job? Start with a GREAT resume.
Here’s what it takes . . .

Pack your resume with words that spell P-O-W-E-R! Consider the list on the left. Then compare with the list on the right. Which words speak to you?

Started Initiated
Made Created
Finished Completed
Did Handled
Sent Delivered
Helped Delegated


What a difference a word makes. Weak words like those in the left column lack energy. Power words such as those on the right pack a wallop! They tell a hiring manager whether or not you’re a person who will take charge, meet deadlines, work well with others, and take responsibility for the tasks assigned.
List your previous employment opportunities, including specifics about the job you held, using power-packed words to convey the details. For example:
Mayfield Enterprises, Mayfield, USA 2005-2007
Assistant Production Manager
I initiated a new software program for the sales force to use in the field, delegated individuals to use it and report back to me, created a file to hold
the results, and completed all testing by the assigned deadline.
Now compare the previous paragraph with the following:
Mayfield Enterprises, Mayfield, USA 2005-2007
Assistant Production Manager
I came up with an idea for a new software program to try with the sales force while they are out in the field taking orders and then calling them in for the order department to fill. I asked certain people to try this program and then come back to me with their results so I could put them in a special folder. It was important to do this in order for me to finish everything on time since I had a deadline that I was expected to keep.
That kind of writing belongs on one’s nightstand. Perfect bedtime reading. Would put a hiring manager to sleep before he finished the first sentence.
Think about what you want to say, why you want to say it, and how you want to say it. Then create a list of strong, power-packed words, and include them in your resume. Show that you are the one for the job by communicating clearly, concisely, and confidently.
If you want your phone to ring with a call that invites you in for an interview for the job of your dreams, step up to the challenge of creating a resume that packs a punch–with power-packed words.

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney, president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, “Amazing Resume Creator.” Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”
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