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Great resumes employ both active, storytelling language and key terms that align with the job posting. We’ve written several blog posts and compiled as many comprehensive word lists in hopes to arm job seekers with a bank of resume words. We want to help candidates display their unique skills and experience in the most compelling way possible. To that end, we’ve gathered all of our resume words resources below so our readers can find them in one place.

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Resume Keywords

Recruiters look for position-specific keywords whether they’re skimming resumes or employing software to do the job for them. Many of these keywords can be found in the job description and should absolutely be included on your resume. 

Most companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes for relevant skills and experience. Some systems can even weed out resumes that are not a match and rank others based on the job description. This means that even highly qualified candidates can slip through the cracks if their resumes are not optimized.

We’ve compiled a list of keywords that appear most frequently in the Jobscan database. These are the top resume keywords recruiters, hiring managers, and ATS algorithms are looking for when vetting applicants.

Note that these keywords are job-specific. Job seekers should identify keywords that are relevant based on the job description.

.NETfashionprocess improvement
account managementFDAprocess improvements
accountingfield salesprocurement
accounts payablefilingproduct design
accounts receivablefinanceproduct development
acquisitionfinancial analysisproduct knowledge
acquisitionsfinancial managementproduct line
administrative supportfinancial performanceproduct management
admissionsfinancial reportingproduct marketing
Adobefinancial reportsproduct quality
Adobe Creative Suitefinancial servicesprogram development
advertisingfinancial statementsprogram management
affiliatefinancingprogramming
agilefitnessproject delivery
algorithmsFlexproject management
alliancesforecastingproject management skills
analysisforecastsproject plan
analyticalframeworksproject planning
analytical skillsfront-endproposal
analyticsfulfillmentprospecting
analyze datafundraisingprotocols
analyzing dataGAAPprototype
androidgeneral ledgerpsychology
annual budgetGermanpublic health
APIGISpublic policy
APIsgovernancepublic relations
architecturegraphic designpublications
architectureshardwarepublishing
assemblyhealthpurchase orders
asset managementhealthcarepurchasing
audiohelp deskPython
audithigher educationQA
auditing hingquality assurance
AutoCADhospitalquality control
automationhospitalityquality management
aviationhotelquality standards
AWShotelsR (programming language)
bankingHRISraw materials
benchmarkHTMLreal estate
beverageHTML5real-time
BIhuman resourcereconcile
big dataI-DEASreconciliation
billingIBMrecruit
biologyimmigrationrecruiting
brandin-storerecruitment
brandingInDesignregulations
broadcastindustry experienceregulatory
budgetindustry trendsregulatory compliance
budget managementinformation managementregulatory requirements
budgetinginformation securityrelationship building
build relationshipsinformation systemrelationship management
business administrationinformation systemsrepairs
business analysisinformation technologyreporting
business casesinstallationresearch
business continuityinstructional designresearch projects
business developmentinstrumentationresearching
business intelligenceinternal auditresource management
business issuesinternal communicationsretail
business managementinternal controlsretention
business planninginternal customersrevenue growth
business plansinternal stakeholdersRFP
business processinternationalRFPs
business requirementsinternshiprisk assessment
business stakeholdersintranetrisk assessments
business strategyinventoryrisk management
business systemsinventory managementroot cause
C (programming language)investigateroot cause
C#investigationrouting
C++investigationsSaaS
CADinvoicessafety
call centerinvoicingsales
case managementiOSsales experience
cash flowiPhonesales goals
certificationISOsales management
CFAIT infrastructuresales operations
change managementITILSalesforce
chemicalsJavaSAP
chemistryJavascriptSAS
circuitsJIRAscheduling
Ciscojournal entriesSCI
client relationshipsjournalismscripting
client servicekey performance indicatorsscrum
client servicesKPISDLC
cloudKPIssecurity clearance
CMSLANsegmentation
co-oplaw enforcementSEO
coachingleadership developmentservice delivery
codingleanSharePoint
commissioninglegalsix sigma
complex projectslegislationsmall business
compliancelicensingsocial media
computer applicationslife cyclesoftware development
computer sciencelifecyclesoftware development life cycle
computer softwarelightingsoftware engineering
constructionLinuxSolidWorks
consultinglitigationSOPs
consulting experiencelogisticssourcing
consulting servicesmachine learningspecifications
consumers man resourcesspelling
contentmanage projectssports
continuous improvementmanagement consultingspreadsheets
contract managementmanagement experienceSQL
contractsmarket researchSQL server
controlsmarketingstaffing
conversionmarketing materialsstakeholder management
correspondencemarketing plansstandard operating procedures
cost effectivemarketing programsstandardization
cost reductionmarketing strategystart-up
counselmathematicsstartup
counselingMATLABstatistical analysis
CPGmatrixstatistics
CPRmechanical engineeringstatus reports
CRMmedia relationsstrategic direction
cross-functional teammedical devicestrategic initiatives
CSSmerchandisingstrategic planning
customer experiencemetricsstrategic plans
customer facingMicrosoft Officestrategy
customer requirementsMicrosoft Office Suitestrong analytical skills
customer serviceMicrosoft Wordsupervising
customer-facingmigrationsupervisory experience
D (programming language)miningsupply chain
daily operationsMISsupply chain management
data analysismobilesupport services
data centermodelingTableau
data collectionmortgagetablets
data entryMS Exceltalent acquisition
data managementMS Officetalent management
data qualityMS Projecttax
databasenegotiationtechnical
datasetsnetworkingtechnical issues
depositsnon-profittechnical knowledge
designnursingtechnical skills
development activitiesoffice softwaretechnical support
digital marketingon-boardingtelecom
digital mediaon-calltest cases
distributionoperating systemstest plans
DNSoperational excellencetesting
documentationoperationstherapeutic
documentingoperations managementtrade shows
draftingoracletraining
drawingsorderingtransactions
driving recordOStransport
due diligenceoutreachtransportation
dynamic environmentoutsourcingtravel
e-commercepartnershiptravel arrangements
ecommercepartnershipstroubleshooting
economicspaymentsTV
editingpayrollTwitter
editorialPeopleSoftUI
electricalperformance improvementunderwriting
electrical engineeringperformance managementUnix
electronicsperformance metricsusability
EMEApharmaceuticaluser experience
employee engagementpharmacyUX
employee relationsphone callsvalid drivers license
end userphotographyvalue proposition
engagementPhotoshopvariances
engineeringphysical securityvendor management
ERPphysicsvendors
ETLPMPvideo
event planningpoliciesVMware
expensesportfolio managementwarehouse
experimentalpositioningweb services
experimentsPRwindows
external partnerspresentationworkflows
fabricationpresentationswriting
Facebookprocess development

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Resume Skills

Resume skills are keywords often sourced directly from the job description. Possessing the right skills and including them on your resume can let recruiters know at a glance that you’re a great candidate for the job.

The first thing many recruiters look for are hard skills that align with the job. To better understand which skills job seekers should be paying attention to, we have parsed millions of job descriptions and found the most in-demand, most common, and most overrated skills for specific industries.

Explore the Jobscan Skills Reports

Learn more about adding skills to your resume.

Resume Action Verbs

Action verbs are the resume words that propel sentences, helping job seekers to tell engaging stories about their experience. We have four pieces of advice when it comes to selecting resume action verbs: 

  1. Avoid generic verbs that recruiters often see. Recruiters may pass right over generic words that they’ve seen time and again, like “participated” or “assisted.” 
  2. Use fresh language instead. Verbs like “spearheaded” and “mobilized” can grab a recruiter’s attention and improve the readability of your resume. Hiring managers also told us that they love to see industry-specific verbs. 
  3. Be specific, carefully selecting verbs that speak to your unique experience. We’ve provided over 400 verbs to help you find the exact word you need. 
  4. Avoid using the passive voice on your resume when possible. Look for places where action verbs can replace passive constructions. 
AccomplishedElicitedOverhauled
AchievedEliminatedOversaw
AcquiredEmphasizedParticipated
ActedEmpoweredPartnered
AdaptedEnabledPatched
AddressedEnactedPerformed
AdjustedEncouragedPersuaded
AdministeredEndeavoredPhotographed
AdvancedEndorsedPiloted
AdvertisedEnforcedPioneered
AdvisedEngineeredPlanned
AdvocatedEnhancedPredicted
AidedEnlistedPrepared
AlignedEnlivenedPresented
AllocatedEnsuredPresided
AmplifiedEntertainedPrinted
AmplifyEqualizedPrioritized
AnalyzedEstablishedProbed
AnsweredEstimatedProcessed
AppliedEvaluatedProduced
AppointedExaminedProgrammed
AppraisedExceededProjected
ApprovedExecutedPromoted
ArbitratedExpandedProofread
ArchitectedExpeditedProposed
ArrangedExperimentedProved
ArticulatedExplainedProvided
AssembledExploredPublicized
AssessedExpressedPublished
AssignedExtractedPurchased
AssistedFabricatedQualified
AttainedFacilitatedQuantified
AuditedFamiliarizeRaised
AugmentedFashionedReached
AuthoredFieldedRebuilt
AuthorizedFiledRecognized
AutomatedFinalizedRecommended
AwardedFixedReconciled
BalancedFocusedRecorded
BeganForRecruited
BlockedForecastedRectified
BoostedForgedRedesigned
BrainstormedFormalizedReduced
BriefedFormedReferred
BudgetedFormulatedRefined
BuiltFortifiedRefocused
CalculatedFosteredRegistered
CampaignedFoundedRegulated
CapitalizedFurnishedRehabilitated
CapturedFurtheredReinforced
CaredGainedRemodeled
CatalogedGatheredRenovated
CategorizedGeneratedReorganized
CentralizedGoalsRepaired
ChairedGrewReplaced
ChampionedGuidedReported
ChartedHaltedResearched
CheckedHandledReserved
ClarifiedHeadedResolved
ClassifiedHelpedResponded
Co-AuthoredHelpingRestored
CoachedHiredRestructured
CodedHostedRetrieved
CollaboratedIdentifiedRevamped
CollectedIgnitedReviewed
CombinedIllustratedRevised
CommunicatedImaginedRevitalized
ComparedImplementedRewrote
CompiledImprovedRouted
CompletedIncorporatedSaved
ComposedIncreasedScheduled
ComputedIndividualizedScreened
ConceptualizedInfluencedScrutinized
CondensedInformedSearched
ConductedInitiatedSecured
ConferredInspectedSet
ConservedInspiredShaped
ConsideredInstalledSharpened
ConsolidatedInstilledShattered
ConstructedInstitutedShowcased
ConsultedInstructedSimplified
ContactedInsuredSimulated
ContractedIntegratedSlashed
ContributedIntensifiedSolicited
ControlledInteractedSolved
ConvertInterpretedSparked
ConvertedIntervenedSpearheaded
ConveyedInterviewedSpecialized
ConvincedIntroducedSpecified
CooperatedInventedSpoke
CoordinatedInventoriedStandardized
CorrectedInvestigatedSteered
CorrespondedInvolvedStimulated
CounseledItemizedStoryboarded
CraftedJoinedStrategized
CreatedJudgedStreamlined
CreativeLaunchedStrengthened
CritiquedLecturedStudied
CultivatedLedSubmitted
CuratedLessenedSucceeded
CustomizedLeveragedSuggested
DebatedLiftedSummarized
DebuggedListenedSupervised
DecidedLobbiedSupplied
DecipheredLocatedSupported
DecreasedLoggedSurpassed
DeductedLoweredSurveyed
DefinedMaintainedSustained
DelegatedManagedSynthesized
DeliveredMappedSystematized
DemonstratedMarketedTargeted
DeployedMaximizedTaught
DerivedMeasuredTeaching
DescribedMediatedTechnical
DesignedMentoredTerminated
DetectedMergedTested
DeterminedMinimizedTracked
DevelopedMobilizedTrained
DevisedModeledTransformed
DiagnosedModeratedTranslated
DiagramedModifiedTransmitted
DifferentiatedMonitoredTroubleshoot
DirectedMotivatedTutored
DiscernedNavigatedUnified
DiscoveredNegotiatedUnited
DiscussedNetworkedUp
DispatchedObservedUpdated
DispensedObtainedUpgraded
DisplayedOperatedUtilized
DistributedOptimizedValidated
DocumentedOrchestratedVerified
DraftedOrderedVisualized
DrewOrganizedVolunteered
DroveOriginatedWon
EarnedOutlinedWrote
EditedOutpacedYielded
EducatedOutperformed

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Resume Adjectives

Resume adjectives can help describe the nature of your experience and skills. Though adjectives are often the first words that come to mind when when writing a resume, it’s best to use them strategically and sparingly. In many cases, descriptive adjectives can be replaced with action verbs to better communicate your potential contribution to a company.

Take these two examples:

  • Creative growth marketer with people management experience.
  • Conceptualized a social media push and led a team of four writers and designers to implement the campaign, resulting in a 300% ROI. 

The first example uses an adjective (creative) to describe the candidate’s ability, while the second example uses action verbs and concrete statistics to illustrate the same characteristic. The second example is far more convincing than the first. This is why job seekers should be careful about leaning too heavily on adjectives. 

However, there are places for adjectives on any resume, such as in the resume headline. For this reason we’ve compiled a list of 150 resume adjectives below.   

AccomplishedEconomicalProactive
AccountableElegantProductive
AccurateEloquentProfessional
ActiveEnergeticProficient
AdeptEnterprisingProfitable
AdvancedEnthusiasticProgressive
AlertExactPunctual
AmiableExhaustivePurposeful
AmicableExpertQualified
ArdentFast-learningQuality
ArticulateFastidiousRelentless
AssertiveFirst-classReliable
AstuteFluentResilient
AttentiveFocusedRespectful
BoldGenuineRevolutionary
BusinesslikeGroundbreakingRobust
CalculatingHarmoniousRousing
CalmHonestShrewd
CharmingIdealSignificant
CheerfulImaginativeSincere
ClearImpartialSkilled
CoherentIndustriousSkillful
CohesiveInfluentialSmooth
CollaborativeIngeniousSophisticated
CommittedInnovativeSpirited
CompetentInsightfulSteadfast
ComplexInspiringStep-by-step
ConcertedInstrumentalStrategic
ConfidentIntelligentStrong-willed
ConscientiousInventiveStructured
ConsistentInvestigativeStudious
ConstructiveKeenSuperior
ControlledLogicalSupportive
CooperativeLoyalSustainable
Cost-effectiveMethodicalSystematic
CourteousMeticulousTactful
Cutting-edgeMotivatedTeam-minded
DecisiveNovelTenacious
DedicatedObjectiveThoughtful
DependableOrderlyTimely
Detail-orientedPainstakingTireless
DetailedPassionateUnique
DeterminedPerceptiveUnprecedented
DevotedPersistentVigorous
DiligentPersonableVisionary
DiplomaticPersuasiveVivid
DiscerningPleasantWell-grounded
DisciplinedPositiveWholehearted
DrivenPracticalWorld-class
EarnestPreciseZealous

We hope our collection of resume words helps you land the job! You can optimize your resume keywords and skills for each job you apply to with Jobscan.

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