Resume Words

Top 100 Most Powerful Resume Words


In today’s society, your resume is the most important document you have to get yourself an interview.

Including power resume words will increase your chance of getting hired by 80%!

When a hiring manager is seeing the same old resume time and time again (which includes the cliché words and phrases such as “highly dedicated individual” or “great team player”) you are guaranteeing yourself your resume will be deleted.

Poorly chosen words and clichéd phrases can destroy the interest of the reader. Power words when chosen correctly can have the opposite effect of motivating and inspiring the reader

Power Resume Words will make help you stand out from your competition and increase your chances of getting hired!

Top 100 Power Resume Words

  1. Advanced
  2. Assigned
  3. Assessed
  4. Absorbed
  5. Accelerated
  6. Attained
  7. Attracted
  8. Announced
  9. Appraised
  10. Budgeted
  11. Bolstered
  12. Balanced
  13. Boosted
  14. Bargained
  15. Benefited
  16. Beneficial
  17. Comply
  18. Critiqued
  19. Closed
  20. Collaborated
  21. Designed
  22. Delegated
  23. Demonstrated
  24. Developed
  25. Detected
  26. Efficient
  27. Enhanced
  28. Excelled
  29. Exceeded
  30. Enriched
  31. Fulfilled
  32. Financed
  33. Forecasted
  34. Formulated
  35. Generated
  36. Guided
  37. Granted
  38. Helped
  39. Hosted
  40. Implemented
  41. Investigated
  42. Increased
  43. Initiated
  44. Influenced
  45. Integrated
  46. Innovated
  47. Instituted
  48. Justified
  49. Listed
  50. Logged
  51. Maintained
  52. Mentored
  53. Measured
  54. Multiplied
  55. Negotiated
  56. Observed
  57. Operated
  58. Obtained
  59. Promoted
  60. Presented
  61. Programmed
  62. Provided
  63. Projected
  64. Qualified
  65. Quantified
  66. Quoted
  67. Recommended
  68. Refine
  69. Revamp
  70. Reacted
  71. Retained
  72. Recovered
  73. Reinstated
  74. Rejected
  75. Sustained
  76. Skilled
  77. Saved
  78. Scheduled
  79. Supported
  80. Secured
  81. Simplified
  82. Screened
  83. Segmented
  84. Streamlined
  85. Strengthened
  86. Triumphed
  87. Troubleshot
  88. Taught
  89. Tutored
  90. Translated
  91. Trained
  92. Uncovered
  93. United
  94. Unified
  95. Updated
  96. Upgraded
  97. Validated
  98. Viewed
  99. Worldwide
  100. Witnessed

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  4. I agree that action verbs are effective in bulleted lists, but I question how such words as “witnessed” and “supported” win an interview.

    Resumes are electronically searched by HR departments, often for the very words used in the job posting. So job postings are a good place to find keywords.

    Also, very specific nouns are good, such as names of software or highly specific job functions.

    Still, the provided list is useful in choosing a variety of verbs instead of using the same one repeatedly. Take “managed.” It’s a strong word but you can’t start every line with the same word.



    • You’re absolutely correct Diana. Resumes are screened electronically and the important keywords that should be included in the resume can be found in the job description. However, it can be a mind-numbing task determining which words in the job description are considered “keywords”.
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  6. Should the format of the portfolio and resume be written as:

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    He has worked.. (Writing as someone else)

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    • Neither– simply “Worked across 3 continents…” Describe with no voice.
      Cover letter can be 1st person, if extremely short. Some say no cover anymore at all. If you do, list 4 skills they are looking for on the left side of a 2 column chart. How your background fits on the right. Very short and sweet.

  7. Good list, although I’m not sure how something like “witnessed” makes the cut and “managed” doesn’t. Still, some good words to use here – thanks.


    This is a great list to help get anyone started! I’d say combine these great action verbs with keywords specific to the job description or industry and you’ll be in business (excuse the pun).


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