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Word Wise

Hiring managers hear and read the same phrases and descriptive terms over and over. Try some new words to spice up your resume and interview conversation.

Communication/People Skills
INSTEAD OF TRY THIS
I write … I compose …
I answer … I address …
I give … I supply …
I watch … I observe …
I explain … I convey …
I plan … I strategize …
I talk … I express …

 

Creative Skills
INSTEAD OF TRY THIS
I create … I design …
I set up … I display …
I draw … I illustrate …
I think up … I conceptualize …
I change … I adapt …
I reduce … I condense …
I copy … I model ...

 

Data/Financial Skills
INSTEAD OF TRY THIS
I coordinate … I manage …
I estimate … I forecast …
I determine … I assess …
I evaluate … I appraise …
I fix … I correct …
I look over … I audit …
I save … I conserve …

 

Helping Skills
INSTEAD OF TRY THIS
I speak up for … I advocate …
I encourage … I coach …
I work with … I collaborate …
I help … I support …
I get used to … I familiarize …
I give … I provide …
I show … I demonstrate …

 

Leadership Skills
INSTEAD OF TRY THIS
I pick … I appoint …
I improve … I enhance …
I begin … I institute …
I make … I generate …
I study … I analyze …
I put together … I merge …
I watch … I monitor …

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