Career Corner: Four words to supercharge your resume

Marc DeBoer

Placement & Outreach Manager

 

As college students, it is imperative that you start creating your resume. Hopefully, you have started this in your University 1002 class. Assuming most of you have something created, I would like to discuss with you four supercharged resume words that can help your resume get the attention it deserves. Word selection within resumes can make or break your chances of landing the interview! Without further ado, they are: spearhead, enhanced, consolidated, and executed.

Dictionary.com defines spearhead as “any person or thing that leads or initiates an undertaking, a campaign, etc.” To a prospective employer, when you spearhead a project or campaign, you are the sole individual in charge. This screams loud and clear, “I have leadership qualities!” You might be thinking, “Well, I used the word ‘led’ instead. Isn’t that the same thing?” Of course it is; they have the same meaning.

However, spearhead is a supercharged word. It packs a bigger punch than most resume words.

Execute, or “to produce in accordance with a plan or design,” tells your prospective employer that you get things done as well as being a decision-maker. You do not wait around for things to happen; you decide on the course of action and complete the task. When you execute a task or project, you oversee its success to the end.

Another word you might be thinking of could be completed or achieved. While they are both okay words, they do not deliver the “1-2 punch” as the word “executed.” Try adding this resume word in!

Enhance, or “to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify,” means that you don’t just follow orders or directions; you go above and beyond the call of duty. Anyone can do as told, but only a few go the extra mile. It’s those people that enhance the task or project and “wow” their employer.

Some people use the word “advance” or “upgrade.” These are okay words, but anyone can do that. It takes someone who is dedicated to go above and beyond to enhance something. This is a great resume word!

Last is the word “consolidate,” or “to bring together separate parts into a single or unified whole.” This tells your new employer that you are able to create efficient methods out of complex issues.

Employers are always looking to hire people to solve problems. An added benefit to any employer is when you can solve that problem and help improve that process. Two words that are commonly used are join or merge. As with the other words listed above, anyone can merge things together, but do they make things more efficient or just create more steps? Another great resume word to add in.

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