You don’t have much time to make a good (or bad) impression with your resume. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 17% of surveyed hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes. 68% spend less than two minutes. Thus, nearly every word you include in your resume can either help get you noticed or knock you out of contention.

Best Words to Use in a Resume

Include words and phrases that explain specifically what you accomplished at your previous jobs.

When possible, use numbers to demonstrate how you added value at previous companies. For example, instead of simply saying you “added value to Company X by saving money,” you can say you “administered public relations budget of $500,000, saving the company 10% through efficient advertising strategies.”

Hiring managers also like to see action words in resumes. Action words demonstrate concrete things that you have done in the past for employers, and will hopefully do for your future employer.

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