Best Resume Words: Are Your Choices Working for You? [Infographic]

A word is a powerful thing. This is particularly true when we think about the best resume words (and the worst).

Your resume is often your first impression with potential employers. The words you use can go a long way toward making that first impression a positive one… or not.

You may be tempted to use all of the current buzzwords, catchphrases, and cliches. But that’s not always the best way to go as shown in this infographic from KickResume. As you’ll see, the best and worst words can be surprising. In fact, many of the words and phrases you thought were essential (such as “go getter” and “self-starter”) are actually turn-offs for the majority of the hiring managers.

Instead, hiring managers want to see words that describe achievements through action words like “created,” “improved,” and “increased.”

Take a look at this list to get a better idea of the best resume words you should be using… and avoid those you shouldn’t.


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