Make no mistake about it, writing an effective resume has to be a highly individualized matter, since no two people are alike. Nevertheless, it is sucha constricted and standardized format, that we resume writers find ourselves adopting certain phrases or words that each of us tends to prefer and that in fact help our clients get jobs. Every resumewriter has his or her own list. Here is mine:
1. "$3,000,000" (vs. "$3M") - To a skimmer's eye, "$3M" looks like three dollars. If you are dealing with big numbers and write out all the zeros,the employer's eye will find it anywhere on the page, no matter how fast they are skimming through your resume.
2. "Created a database for..." (vs. "Developed a database for...") - "Developed" is anoverused and nondescriptive word. Often databases, procedures, lists, or whatever other job activity you are writing about is something you actually put together (even if you used a standardsoftware program to do it, for example). "Created" is closer to the truth and is certainly much more impressive on your resume.
3. "Applied xyz methods..." (vs. "Learned xyz methods....") - Many jobseekers list important skills or knowledge that they learned on a job on their resume. But that isn't going to impress a potential employer. The potential employer wants to know if you actually usedthose skills. How and where you learned them is immaterial.
4. "College courses include..." (vs. "Took courses in...." or "3 years of college") - If you went to college years ago and did not completeyour degree, you look like an underachiever on your resume. Starting with "College courses include..." sends the message that you are a high school graduate who went to school to take courses (notjust get a degree) or that you have been motivated to keep your education ongoing.
5. "All..." as in, "All human resources responsibilities in the office..." (vs., for example, "Human resources...