129 power words for your CV

Andrew Fennell Andrew Fennell

If you want to land interviews and move closer to landing your dream job, your CV needs to excite recruiters and hiring managers.

Adding power words to your CV helps you to effectively describe the impact you make in the workplace – and encourages readers to contact you.

Try adding some of our CV power words to supercharge your CV and get noticed in the job market.

 

Team work power words

Prospective employers want to see that you can work effectively as part of a team. This means providing examples of when you’ve displayed strong teamwork in the past, using power words like:

  • Collaborated
  • Contributed
  • Cooperated
  • Joined
  • Participated
  • Partnered
  • Teamed
  • United
  • Volunteered

 

Leadership power words

Leadership is a desirable quality in a candidate but simply saying you’re a good leader is too vague. Instead, you should highlight your ability to motivate and guide others using power words like the following:

  • Advocated
  • Championed
  • Coached
  • Coordinated
  • Empowered
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Guided
  • Influenced
  • Mentored
  • Motivated
  • Nurtured
  • Persuaded
  • Rallied
  • Spearheaded

 

Tech power words

In today’s digital world, it’s important that you’re able to demonstrate your technological skills. Using tech power words like the following can help you to stand out from the competition:

  • Analysed
  • Authenticated
  • Computerised
  • Deciphered
  • Decoded
  • Digitised
  • Engineered
  • Initialised
  • Integrated
  • Installed
  • Launched
  • Mapped
  • Optimised
  • Rebooted
  • Recovered
  • Secured
  • Virtualised

 

Achievement power words

Providing examples of your achievements can give an employer a better idea of your strengths and the impact you make in the workplace. You can super-charge your achievements by using power words like:

  • Attained
  • Accomplished
  • Awarded
  • Completed
  • Founded
  • Generated
  • Improved
  • Introduced
  • Mastered
  • Maximised
  • Outperformed
  • Produced
  • Reduced
  • Streamlined
  • Surpassed
  • Transformed

 

Communication power words

Almost all jobs will require that you communicate in some way with colleagues, clients, customers and third parties. So, you need to prove you have strong communication skills to prove your worth to employers without writing anything too obvious, like “I am a good communicator”

You can do so using the following power words:

  • Addressed
  • Answered
  • Briefed
  • Communicated
  • Consulted
  • Explained
  • Expressed
  • Informed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Liaised
  • Listened
  • Mediated
  • Presented
  • Questioned
  • Relayed
  • Transcribed
  • Translated
  • Verbalised

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Sales and service power words

Making sales and offering top-notch service are two of the most important aspects of a business and therefore recruiters want to see how you can contribute towards this. So be sure to provide examples of how you’ve helped with sales and services in a previous role, using power words like:

  • Advised
  • Attracted
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Delivered
  • Earned
  • Fulfilled
  • Helped
  • Negotiated
  • Persuaded
  • Provided
  • Recommended
  • Resolved

 

Improvement power words

Whether you’ve improved your own skills or you’ve helped to improve a particular business function, the ability to develop and change is crucial in the workplace. As such, it’s a good idea to provide examples of how you’ve improved in the past. Include power words such as:

  • Developed
  • Enhanced
  • Exceeded
  • Gained
  • Improved
  • Increased
  • Overcame
  • Revised
  • Sharpened
  • Upgraded

 

Creative power words

Being creative is important for problem-solving, critical-thinking and innovation, all desirable skills to an employer. You can use the power words below to demonstrate how you’ve used your creativity in the past:

  • Advertised
  • Composed
  • Conceptualised
  • Crafted
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Drafted
  • Exhibited
  • Illustrated
  • Imagined
  • Improvised
  • Innovated
  • Invented
  • Marketed
  • Merchandised
  • Personalised
  • Piloted
  • Redesigned
  • Revolutionised
  • Showcased
  • Visualised

 

Supporting power words

Every employer hopes to create a supportive work environment and they want to hire professionals that can contribute towards this. So you need to showcase how you’ve supported others, be that colleagues, customers, clients or anyone else! You can use these power words to do so:

  • Assisted
  • Accompanied
  • Backed
  • Bolstered
  • Endorsed
  • Helped
  • Promoted
  • Protected
  • Supported

 

Top tips for adding power words to your CV

It’s all well and good knowing which power words to use but how can you effectively add these to your CV?

In this next section, we’re going to share some of our top tips for utilising power words when writing your CV.

 

Know where to put your power words

You can include power word throughout your CV but there are a few layout sections in particular where these can be really beneficial. You should use these power words in your personal profile, so that they are visible as soon as your CV is opened and you ensure that you get recruiters attention.

You should also add power words throughout your work history to provide clear details of how you apply your skills in the workplace to demonstrate the value you add,

 

Avoid repetition

Remember that repeating words, even power words, can cause their effect to weaken. So be sure to shake it up and avoid repetition as much as possible.

Above, we’ve provided 129 examples of power words, so it’s clear there are plenty to go around. Choose a variety of these to help you create an interesting and engaging CV.

 

Know what the employer is looking for

Using the job description, go through and highlight the key skills and qualities that the employer is looking for. This should help to shape the content of your CV by allowing you to highlight your most desirable and relevant skills.

For example, if the employer is looking for innovators and problem-solvers, you can use a mixture of creative power words to demonstrate this. Similarly, if they’re looking for a strong leader, you could include a variety of leadership power words.

 

Consider the company values

Finally, as well as looking into the most desirable skills for the role you should take into consideration the company values. You should be able to find these on the job description and on the company website.

Once you’ve done your research, you can use power words to help you demonstrate that you’re a good fit for the company.

 

By following these four steps and using our examples above, you can use power words to supercharge your CV and get your application noticed.