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Career Counseling: 15 Most Powerful Words and Phrases to
Apply on Your Resume
by Anthony Ranieri
Below are a few words to get you started that can be used to commence a
phrase when describing your achievements in your resume. They are words
employers like because they reflect leadership qualities and solutions based
initiatives. Try and think of other words also that may reflect your
personal achievements to use in your resume.
Power Phrases to Apply to Your Resume
Below are some phrases I have used in my resume that can be applied to your
own resume reflecting key achievements in your current and past work
history. Achievements are important because they reflect what you are
capable of professionally and they also demonstrate your potential.
Achievements need to be true and credible, so don't just use everyday
achievements. Focus on milestones, projects and your own key initiatives
that have brought about a benefit or change to the company. Power phrases
can be used to describe achievements where you have:
1. Reduced costs of a specific process
2. Completed a major project on time
3. Lead a team of others in achieving a major goal
4. Introduced a personal initiative or idea implemented
Below are some examples of power phrases I have used to demonstrate my
"Managed business downsizing and redundancy program eventually leading to
closure for a large automotive components manufacturer and successfully
negotiated redundancy conditions with the union."
"Formulated and implemented comprehensive strategic competency based
training model for a division of a large blue chip Australian company."
Managed a department of up to 5 diverse human resource professionals and
several key contract and facilities providers."
"Contributed to financial year budget cost-down process by reducing the HR
budget by up to 10%."
"Lodged successful tenders for $50,000 in training funding to deliver a
broad range of industry specific competency based programs at the
Achieved approximately $200,000 productivity savings by negotiating and
implementing 3 key productivity items resulting from enterprise bargaining
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