Writing a resume that succinctly summarizes your career history, skills and accomplishments, while also distinguishing it from other resumes, is an art. Many job seekers use basic, repetitive language that can be uninspiring to the hiring manager. Candidates with outstanding careers but who do not use creative and descriptive adjectives, along with action verbs, are less likely to be noticed. Recruiters not only want to know about your talents, but they want to know how you impacted the organization. Spending extra time selecting adjectives that sell your skills and accomplishments will pay off and gain the attention of the recruiter, for sure. However, identifying expressive adjectives alone will not be enough; supporting your talents with an explanation is also necessary. For example, how did that “industry-changing” project impact the organization? Adding strong language, along with the impact you made, will elevate the effectiveness of your resume. Always remember, however, that maintaining a brief but clear resume is the ultimate goal; too many words will lose the recruiter’s interest.
In the end, your resume is a concisely presented sales pitch at a particular time, and meant to gain the attention of both the ATS algorithm and the hiring manager. So using powerful adjectives, which also align with the job description, in your Introduction or Job Objective is more likely to make a compelling first impression, such as:
Strategic, solutions-oriented marketing executive with more than 12 years-experience; motivational leader managing a team of 8 product managers; generated profitability and increased market share exceeding company objectives.
An introductory section on the resume with a few bullets, phrases or sentences, using impactful language, will provide a compelling introduction. Those phrases could include experience, education or skills - any details that both match the job description and demonstrate how you are qualified, and thus a highly viable candidate. The supportive explanation will show how your experience and qualifications resulted in a positive outcome for the organization. Using a few brief sentences, with descriptive adjectives, will establish the tone for the rest of your resume and add value. It is always important to only use adjectives that represent your qualifications, and always follow with an explanation, context or measurable results.
Here are a few examples of how to elevate your language and showcase your skills and experience:
Strategic Manager, successfully developed sales strategy for the fiscal year.
Proactive Leader who initiates projects and anticipates market fluctuations.
Self-motivated Administrative Assistant able to anticipate issues, organize schedules and multiple tasks efficiently, contributing to the success of the team”.
Goal-oriented Human Resources Manager focused on producing measurable results in a timely manner.
Accomplished Creative Graphic Designer; successfully published in various books and websites.
Detail-oriented Analyst with an ability to identify errors in financial reports and produce accurate information.
There are many examples where elevating the language with dynamic adjectives will enhance the readability of the resume. The examples presented here offer a few suggestions of ways you can revise and edit your resume with bold, colorful vocabulary that paints you as an impressive candidate worthy of an interview. These should be interpreted (not copied) to match your own unique skills and experience, and those on the job description. There are many ways to revise a resume; using some of these adjectives and others will certainly showcase your resume.
There are unlimited adjectives and descriptive phrases that will successfully communicate your ability to perform in a particular job. A few additional adjectives that may be helpful when writing your resume are listed below. Incorporating some of these words into your Skills section, Career History or Job Objective will surely demonstrate to the recruiter the strength of your candidacy. As follows: