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Top 15 Words Hiring Managers Want To See On Your Resume

Top 15 Words Hiring Managers Want To See On Your Resume


Over 2200 hiring managers and HR professionals ranked the best and worst words for job seekers to use on their resumes, according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder. It’s a great list comprised of some impactful action verbs, and I think you’ll be happy to see what’s been included.

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Pull out your resume to see how many of these are on your resume, and take some time to incorporate those that are not.

HR Wants To See These 15 Words:

15. Won: 13%

14. Under budget: 16%

13. Revenue/Profits: 23%

12. Launched: 24%

11. Negotiated: 25%

10. Ideas: 27%

9. Increased/Decreased: 28%

8. Influenced: 29%

7. Volunteered: 35%

6. Resolved: 40%

5. Created: 43%

4. Managed: 44%

3. Trained/Mentored: 47%

2. Improved: 48%

1. Achieved: 52%

What a wonderful list that can really get the creative juices flowing! Just review the list, start a sentence with the appropriate word, and fill in your own experiences. What a great way to articulate your expertise, results, and unique subject matter expertise—and you know you’ll be using words that hiring managers WANT to see on your resume. We use these phrases and many more just like them to differentiate our clients—and you would be amazed at how rapidly it increases their resume response rates.

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