Resume Writing with Synonyms
Add variety to the language on your resume with resume synonyms and attract employers. In addition to the keywords employers are looking for and the power words that will gain their interest use synonyms for mundane common words. HR employees see hundreds of resumes weekly. Using synonyms is an easy way to stand out.
Look at these synonyms for energy:
Led team with high energy which resulted in a 21% sales increase.
Led team with zeal and vivacity which resulted in a 21% sales increase.
Energy and high energy are two of the many words and phrases that have become overused or “tired” on resumes and should be avoided or replaced with synonyms. Other tired words include “synergy, responsibilities, and duties. Words to replace or avoid all together can be found in the FREE book, 197 Words You Should Not Use on Your Resume.
Resume Writing Words and Relevant Synonym Replacements:
duty: accountableness, allegiance, amenability, answerability, answered for business, calling, charge, charged with,
chore, commission, commitment, committal, contract, deference, engagement, function, liable for, mission, obligation, occupation, onus, part, pledge, role, service, station, taking care of business, task, trouble, trust, undertaking, weight, work accountability, work load
efficient: able, accomplished, adept, adroit, capable, competent, consummate, deft, dexterous, expert, handy, imaginative, ingenious, practiced, proficient, resourceful, sharp, skillful, smart about, trained, well versed in
employer: boss, businessperson, capitalist, CEO, chief, CO, company, corporation, director, entrepreneur, establishment, executive, firm, head, management, manager, manufacturer, organization, outfit, overseer, owner, president, proprietor, superintendent, supervisor
energy: ardor, burn, dash, drive, dynamism, efficacy, electricity, endurance, exertion, fire, force, forcefulness, fortitude, gravity, get-up-and-go, go, heat, initiative, intensity, juice, life, liveliness, magnetism, might, moxie, muscle, pep, pizzazz, potency, power, punch, spirit, spontaneity, stamina, steam, strength, toughness, vehemence, verve, vim, virility, vitality, vivacity, zeal, zest, zing, zip
experience: acquainted, background, doing, evidence, existence, exposure, familiarity, intimately familiar with, involvement, know-how, maturity, observation, participation, patience, perspicacity, practicality, practice, proof, seasoned, training, understanding, wisdom
job: action, assignment, business, care, charge, commission, concern, contribution, deed, duty, effort, engagement, enterprise, errand, function, matter, mission, obligation, office, operation, profession, project, province, pursuit, responsibility, role, stint, task, tour of duty, undertaking, venture, work
knowledge: accomplishments, acumen, acquaintance, awareness, cognition, comprehension, consciousness, discernment, doctrine, dogma, education, enlightenment, expertise, facts, familiarity, grasp, insight, instruction, intelligence, judgment, know-how, learning, observation, philosophy, proficiency, recognition, schooling, smarts, wisdom
responsibility: amenability, answerability, authority, capacity, care, charge, culpability, engagement,
time period: afterward, again, also, and then, as long as, at last, at length, at that time, before, besides, earlier, finally, formerly, further, furthermore, in addition, in the first place, in the past, last, later, lately, meanwhile, moreover, much later, next, now, often, presently, previously, second, shortly, simultaneously, since, so far, soon, still, subsequently, then, thereafter, too, until, until now, when, within minutes/hours/days/weeks/months or years.
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