These days, resumes are little more than a piece of personal advertising. After all, they are there to sell yourself to the employer, clearly stating what it is about yourself that makes you right for the role applied for. Given this fact, there is little wonder why language is so important for your resume. Advertisers and marketing agencies spend millions on getting the tone right, and you should view your resume language with just as much importance.
Unfortunately, if you are looking for a definite list of words and phrases to make your resume more attractive, then you have two problems. First, any phrases put on the internet will have likely been already overused, and second is that the best choice of words varies according to industry. Having said this, the following advice will certainly help you create a well-worded resume.
Many say that action verbs need to be used to create a good resume, but they are actually much less important than the use of nouns. Employers do not like adverbs for their ability to shorten sentence length, and resumes that use such things too much will be thrown away. They do however like nouns which clearly and eloquently describe education, employment and skills. They like to see names, processes, products, services, and other descriptors, because this shows you are able to include plenty of information with clarity, without resorting to flashy verbs which do little to inform.
In regards to nouns, you can increase your chances of getting hired by using nouns that are highly relevant to the company in question. For example, if you are applying for a programming job, then mentioning programming terms and any terms specific to the job role ensures them that you know what you are talking about. Obviously, you do need to include verbs, though when you do use them, make sure they are the best verbs possible. Don’t use verbs that have little impact such as ‘assisted’ or ‘helped’ – it is much better to choose dominant and active verbs such as ‘performed’.