Here are words that sound good on resumes of college students. You are just starting our, with no experience, but you got to show your value:
- Fluent (so you know languages)
- Hnors (so you were a good student), led (so you have leadership qualities)
- Achievement (so you were a great student), and
- Dean's list (so you were a remarkably spectacular student).
Examples of 'fluffy words' to remove from your resume
Also read the guide to 'resumes', which covers what should go in each section of your resume.
Also read the guide to be 'Star at work' for more ideas.
Action words/Power Verbs for Resume and Cover Letters
- Use present tense verbs in your profile and qualifications summary and when creating task, responsibility and accomplishment bullet points for a current position.
- Use past-tense verbs to describe previous positions and work experience.
Accelerated, Generated, Prescribed, Accomplished , Grew, Produced, Achieved, Honored, Prevailed, Arose, Improved, Raised, Attained, Increased, Realized, Awarded, Introduced, Reduced, Chosen, Lessened, Revitalized, Completed, Mastered, Streamlined, Consummated, Maximized, Surpassed, Circumvented , Minimized, Topped, Established, Outperformed , Transformed, Exceeded, Overachieved , Won, Founded, Overcame
Addressed, Disseminated , Profiled, Advertised, Documented, Proofread, Advised, Drafted, Publicized, Alerted, Edited, Published, Amended, Emailed, Queried, Announced, Generated, Questioned, Answered, Emphasized, Recorded, Arbitrated, Explained, Relayed, Articulated, Expressed, Reported, Authored, Framed, Responded, Branded, Highlighted, Rewrote, Briefed, Informed, Scribed, Broadcasted, Interacted, Search Engine Optimized (SEO’d), Chronicled, Interfaced, Shared, Circulated, Interpreted, Socialized, Cited, Interviewed, Specified, Clarified, Liaised, Spoke, Commended, Listened, Suggested, Communicated , Logged, Synthesized, Compiled, Mediated, Talked, Condensed, Moderated, Telegraphed, Consulted, Narrated, Transcribed, Contacted, Notated, Translated, Conveyed, Notified, Transmitted, Convinced, Outlined, Tweeted, Corresponded , Penned, Verbalized, Crowd Sourced , Portrayed, Wrote, Debated, Posted, Defined, Presented, Detailed, Proclaimed
Accentuated, Drew, Merchandised, Advertised, Enhanced, Originated, Animated, Enlivened, Patented, Architected, Envisioned, Personalized, Brainstormed , Exhibited, Piloted, Captivated, Fashioned, Pioneered, Captured, Formulated, Photographed, Composed, Graphed, Redesigned, Conceived, Hypothesized , Renewed, Conceptualized, Illustrated , Revolutionized, Crafted, Imaged, Sculpted, Created, Imagined, Shaped, Customized, Improvised, Showcased, Designed, Initiated, Sketched, Devised, Innovated, Storyboarded, Differentiated, Instituted, Unveiled, Displayed, Invented, Visualized, Drafted, Marketed
Advocated, Enabled, Led, Aroused, Energized, Lobbied, Assembled, Encouraged, Mentored, Bolstered, Engaged, Mobilized, Campaigned, Enlisted, Modeled, Catapulted, Enticed, Moderated, Chaired, Enthused, Motivated, Challenged, Focused, Nurtured, Championed, Furthered, Parlayed, Coached, Garnered, Persuaded, Compromised, Guided, Rallied, Counseled, Ignited, Sparked, Drove, Influenced, Spearheaded, Elected, Infused, Spurred, Elicited, Inspired, Steered, Empowered, Instilled, Stimulated
Project Management/Supervisory work
Absorbed, Discharged, Prepared, Accounted for, Dissolved, Prioritized, Accrued, Dispensed, Procured, Acted, Dispersed, Projected, Adopted, Doubled, Promoted, Administered , Economized, Provisioned, Aligned, Elevated, Pruned, Allocated, Eliminated, Quantified, Amended, Enacted, Ratcheted, Anticipated, Ensured, Rated, Appointed, Estimated, Reapportioned, Appraised, Examined, Recognized, Appropriated , Executed, Recommended, Approved, Extracted, Recruited, Assessed, Facilitated, Redefined, Audited, Forecasted, Reinforced, Augmented, Fought, Reigned in, Authorized, Fulfilled, Reorganized, Avoided, Furnished, Researched, Benchmarked, Funded, Restructured, Budgeted, Gained, Required, Calculated, Gauged, Reversed, Capitalized, Governed, Reviewed, Carried out, Hired, Revised, Carved out, Injected, Risked, Cemented, Intervened, Saved, Charged, Justified, Seized, Charted, Leveraged, Set goals, Checked, Magnified, Sharpened, Chose, Managed, Shortened, Commanded, Mandated, Slashed, Commended, Maneuvered, Solicited, Compared, Measured, Sourced, Complied, Mitigated, Supervised, Contracted, Monitored, Sustained, Controlled, Mounted, Terminated, Convened, Navigated, Transferred, Critiqued, Normalized, Trimmed, Cut, Off shored, Tripled, Decided, Orchestrated , Turned, Deduced, Outsourced, Vetted, Delineated, Oversaw, Weighed, Delegated, Planned, Withstood , Designated, Praised, Directed, Predicted
Acknowledged , Diversified, Melded, Amassed, Embraced, Merged, Anchored, Elevated, Nominated, Assimilated, Encouraged, Organized, Augmented, Energized, Participated, Balanced, Enlisted, Partnered, Blended, Forged, Supplemented, Buoyed, Fostered, Syncopated, Collaborated , Gathered, Teamed, Coalesced, Harmonized, United, Contributed, Ignited, Volunteered, Coordinated, Joined, Wove, Cultivated, Married
Accelerated, Equipped, Qualified, Added, Evaluated, Quality Assured, Adopted, Expunged, Ranked, Aggregated, Extended, Realigned, Analyzed, Extracted, Rebooted, Applied, Extrapolated , Rebuilt, Assembled, Fabricated, Reconciled, Authenticated, Finalized, Reconstructed, Automated, Fine-Tuned, Recovered, Backed-up, Formatted, Rectified, Balanced, Functionalized, Re-engineered, Blocked, Grouped, Refreshed, Boosted, Hosted, Reinforced, Branched, Identified, Rehabilitated, Bridged, Implemented, Released, Built, Initialized, Remodeled, Bundled, Installed, Replicated, Calculated, Integrated, Restored, Calibrated, Isolated, Retooled, Certified, Launched, Retrieved, Changed, Licensed, Retrofitted, Checked, Linked, Revamped, Classified, Loaded, Revised, Cleaned, Maintained, Road mapped, Cleansed, Manufactured , Rolled out, Cleared, Mapped, Rotated, Coded, Mechanized, Routed, Collocated, Merged, Safeguarded, Computed, Migrated, Salvaged, Computerized , Mined, Scanned, Configured, Mirrored, Scoped, Consolidated , Mobilized, Scrubbed, Constructed, Modeled, Secured, Corrected, Modified, Selected, Debugged, Moved, Sequenced, Deciphered, Networked, Solved, Decoded, Neutralized, Stabilized, Dedicated, Operated, Standardized, Defended, Optimized, Straddled, Delivered, Overhauled, Systematized, Deployed, Packaged, Tested, Digitized, Patched, Toggled, Discovered, Penetrated, Traced, Dispatched, Pinpointed, Transitioned, Distributed, Prevented, Updated, Duplicated, Prioritized, Upgraded, Enabled, Processed, Validated, Engineered, Programmed, Verified, Enhanced, Protected, Virtualized, Eradicated, Prototyped, Web-enabled, Estimated, Provisioned
Assessed, Enriched, Lectured, Adapted, Enrolled, Showed, Advised, Familiarized , Taught, Demonstrated , Honed, Trained, Demystified, Indoctrinated , Tutored, Dispensed, Informed, Educated, Instructed
Appeased, Formatted, Resolved, Allayed, Inspected, Responded, Ascertained, Inventoried, Satisfied, Assisted, Investigated, Scheduled, Assured, Issued, Served, Cabled, Labeled, Serviced, Closed, Located, Set up, Connected, Logged, Shipped, Corrected, Monitored, Supported, Diagnosed, Performed, Sustained, Dispatched, Pleased, Ticketed, Dissected, Prioritized, Tracked, Eased, Racked, Trailed, Escalated, Remedied, Triaged, Expedited, Repaired, Troubleshot, Fixed, Requisitioned – Uncovered
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