Words that Work: How the Right Words Help You Get Hired Faster
No matter how suited you are for the position, you’ll never get your foot in the door without a resume that communicates your value. Your resume has a single job: to get you an interview. It only has a few seconds of attention to get the job done.
It’s not enough to have the right stuff. Your resume must deliver a marketing message that grabs attention. Use the right words, and your message hits its target. If you’re phone isn’t ringing with offers for interviews, you probably aren’t using the right words.
So what words should you use?
Gone are the days when hiring managers sifted through an endless stack of paper resumes to determine the handful of worthy candidates to call for an interview. Today’s competitive atmosphere requires a more efficient way to process candidates.
Instead, employers rely on a combination of technology and human intuition to whittle the field down to the worthy few.
What does this mean to you, and how do you get yourself in that small number?
Today, many companies use computers to sift through resumes. They look for certain keywords that describe the qualifications and skills one needs to do the job.
If those words don’t appear on your resume, you lose. You never even get a chance to plead your case. Your resume never gets looked at, and you’re eliminated.
So how do you keep this from happening? Study the job description. Study any communication the employer has given you about the job. Think carefully about how you can translate the words on your current resume into the ones the company uses, while still accurately describing who you are and what you’re about.
Tell the truth, but tell your story in their language. Make sure the company’s software will pull your resume from the masses, and make sure the human eyes that see it understand the language you’re speaking.
Does your resume sound like a boring list of responsibilities and duties? Or does it come to life with action and accomplishment?
Start sentences with action verbs to communicate your value succinctly. Grab managers by the eyeballs with a sense that you bring momentum and results into every organization you touch. While the rest of the pile talks about all the things the boss made them do, you’ll shine with an attitude that says, “I’m here to help you take your business to the next level.”
Were you “in charge of reporting sales results?” Or did you “Implement strategies that increased sales in my department by 12% in less than a year”? Which of these statements puts you in the winner’s circle?
Be as specific, detailed, and action-oriented as you can. Think about what problems you solved, what actions you took to move the ball forward, and what ways you became your team’s MVP when they needed you the most. Tell that story, and watch managers clamor to discover more about what you bring to the table.
Every line of your resume exists for one reason: to sell you. Eliminate wasted words. Everybody is “results oriented.” No candidate thinks they’re not a “team player.” Telling an employer that you’re a “go-getter” doesn’t tell him anything useful about you.
Percentages, numbers, and descriptions of accomplishments tell a story worth listening to. Describe your job duties in terms of problems you overcame, solutions you found, results you achieved, and specific victories you’ve won. Show your track record of getting things done. Let the manger be the one that says, “we have a go-getter here”. That’s what it takes to get the interview.
Did you lead a team that exceeded expectations? Offered solutions that got your organization out of a jam? Were you recognized or awarded for the best performance in your company? Highlight those victories that show you mean business. When you do, it won’t be long before your first day on the job.
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—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes