In searching for a job in Australia, your goal is to catch the eye of the hiring manager once they get to your resume. And you’re probably wondering what options there are when it comes to phrases to use in resumes.

The key is to keep their attention for longer than five seconds. And to achieve this, your resume must be dressed to impress.

Just like a good business suit, there are certain words that convey power and confidence that you can weave into your resume sections on skills, work history and achievements to make sure your resume stands out.  So here are 5 phrases to use in resumes that will let you do just that. Let’s take a look.

1. ‘Spearheaded’

We see many people seeking work in Australia often weaken their skills and experiences with verbs that miss the truth of what they’re truly capable of, such as words like ‘assisted’, ‘helped’ and ‘supported’.

People tend to do this when talk about themselves as part of a team working on a project.

However, the truth may be that the you single-handedly ‘spearheaded’ a project that generated significant profit for their company. It’s always best to use phrases that accurately represent your level of involvement in a project. Otherwise you will be selling yourself short to the hiring manager.

2. Quantifying your achievements

Numbers speak louder than words.

Remember to quantify any profit or value you made in your past roles. This is vital in demonstrating your abilities as a team player, leader and potential business partner.

For example, instead of saying that you ‘managed a team’, mention the number of people you managed too, i.e. ‘managed 20 people at one time’, which is much more impressive.

3. Beyond expectations

If you cannot quantify your work accurately, describe your work by showing the value you brought to a company.

Identify ways you made operations run better, faster, cheaper, more smoothly, more profitably or safer. Phrases like ‘exceeded quota’, ‘under budget’ or ‘on time’ really help to demonstrate your value.

4. Key words from the job listing

At the end of the day, you’re trying to demonstrate to an organisation that you’re a great fit for a role.

Therefore, it’s wise to align your experiences with the job description of the job you are applying for. Identify key phrases used in the job description and on the company’s website to add the right type of detail to your resume.

By using the language of the company, the hiring manager will favour your resume over others.

5. Show action with distinct verbs

Make sure you use distinct verbs to illustrate the responsibilities you held and the accomplishments you achieved in a role. Verbs that are not specific are not phrases to use in resumes.

However, some verbs are better than others. Tired verbs such as ‘managed’, ‘handled’, and ‘assisted’ can be detrimental to accurately showing what you can do.

Yet verbs such as ‘achieved’, ‘created’, ‘improved’, ‘launched’ and ‘trained’ can help to portray you as powerful and confident.

Need to discuss things further?

We know how tough the Australian job market can be, so we hope the above list helps you in finding a job in Australia.

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We wish you all the best in job search.

Careers Team @ CSA