Are you selling yourself short? Use power words in your messaging!

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Use power words in your resume!
I worked with a really talented guy who I thought would never leave the company we worked for … not because he didn’t want to leave … he did. 

I thought he would never leave because he sold himself so short in his resume, no one would hire him.

Learn from his mistakes


He didn’t want to overstate his qualifications, so instead he painted a picture to prospective employers that he wasn’t as good as he really was.

I encouraged him to use power words in his resume and to take ownership of his many successes.

Instead of writing in his resume, “I helped edit magazine articles.” I encouraged him to write, “Managed the award-winning editorial content of Blank magazine, the flagship publication of XYZ Company, the largest widget company in the world.” Both statements were true, but the revised version captured the essence of his important contributions.

It’s also important to include quantifiable statements about the contributions you have made at various companies. Such statements could involve how your efforts:

  • increased sales or donations by XX dollars or percent.
  • brought about significant cost savings due to improved processes.
  • trained XX number of employees in a new program, which resulted in a XX% increase in customer satisfaction, etc.

How can power words and quantifiable statements about your contributions at former companies improve your job-application messaging?

Career Overview provides an excellent list of resume power words on its site.
http://www.professional-resume-example.com features examples for how to write strong quantifiable statements in your resume.

Sell yourself well! After all ... it can help you land a job or get a better one!

What ideas do you have about this subject? Please add your comments. If I can be of help to you, let me know via the Contact or invite me to connect on LinkedIn. -- Kathy
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