by Lisa McGrimmon
Resume words that are descriptive can go a long way towards making the points on your resume more clear, impressive and memorable. Below you will find a list of strong words to help give you some inspiration when you are writing your resume, as well as tips for writing clear, impactful statements on your resume.
Choose strong resume words that provide information about how you performed specific tasks.
When writing a resume, most job seekers simply describe what they did. They do not take the extra step to describe how they did those tasks, and what makes them stand out when compared with all of the other job seekers who have the same experience.
Use these descriptive resume words to describe the type of skill and attention you use on the job
able / ably, absolute / absolutely, abundant / abundantly, accommodating / accommodatingly, accurate / accurately, active / actively, adept / adeptly, affirmative / affirmatively, aggressive / aggressively, alert / alertly, alternative / alternatively, ambitious / ambitiously, amicable / amicably, analytical / analytically, annual / annually, appealing / appealingly, appropriate / appropriately, approximate / approximately, ardent / ardently, artful / artfully, articulate / articulately, artistic / artistically, assertive / assertively, assured / assuredly, astute / astutely, athletic / athletically, attentive / attentively, authentic / authentically, authoritative / authoritatively, avid / avidly
beneficial / beneficially, brave / bravely, brief / briefly, bright / brightly, broad / broadly
calm / calmly, candid / candidly, capable / capably, careful / carefully, casual / casually, cautious / cautiously, central / centrally, certain / certainly, cheerful / cheerfully, clear / clearly, close / closely, coherent / coherently, cohesive / cohesively, collective / collectively, compassionate / compassionately, competent / competently, competitive / competitively, complete / completely, comprehensive / comprehensively, concise / concisely, conclusive / conclusively, confidential / confidentially, confident / confidently, congenial / congenially, conscientious / conscientiously, considerable / considerably, considerate / considerately, consistent / consistently, constant / constantly, continual / continually, cooperative / cooperatively, courteous / courteously, creative / creatively
decreasing / decreasingly, definite / definitely, deft / deftly, deliberate / deliberately, delicate / delicately, dependable / dependably, development / developmentally, devoted / devotedly, diligent / diligently, diplomatic / diplomatically, direct / directly, discreet / discreetly, distinct / distinctly, diverse / diversified, dramatic / dramatically, dynamic / dynamically
eager / eagerly, easy / easily, effective / effectively, efficient / efficiently, elaborate / elaborately, emphatic / emphatically, energetic / energetically, enterprising / enterprisingly, enthusiastic / enthusiastically, entire / entirely, equal / equally, essential / essentially, even / evenly, eventual / eventually, evident / evidently, exact / exactly, exceeding / exceedingly, excellent / excellently, exceptional / exceptionally, expedient / expediently, experienced, expert / expertly, extensive / extensively, extraordinary / extraordinarily, extreme / extremely, extrovert
fair / fairly, faithful / faithfully, favorable / favorably, financial / financially, fine / finely, firm / firmly, flexible / flexibly, fluent / fluently, formal / formally, frank / frankly, free / freely, frequent / frequently, fresh / freshly, full / fully
generous / generously, genuine / genuinely, gracious / graciously
harmonious / harmoniously, helpful / helpfully, high / highly, honest / honestly
ideal / ideally, immediate / immediately, immense / immensely, important / importantly, increasing / increasingly, independent / independently, industrious / industriously, influential / influentially, informal / informally, inherent / inherently, initial / initially, innate / innately, innovative, insightful / insightfully, instrumental / instrumentally, integral, intellectual / intellectually, intelligent / intelligently, intense / intensely, intricate / intricately, inventive / inventively
joint / jointly, just / justly
keen / keenly, kind / kindly
leading, logical / logically, loyal / loyally
mature / maturely, meaningful / meaningfully, memorable / memorably, methodical / methodically, meticulous / meticulously, mindful / mindfully
natural / naturally, neat / neatly, notable / notably
objective / objectively, observant / observantly, occasional / occasionally, official / officially, open / openly, optimistic / optimistically, original / originally
particular / particularly, perceptive / perceptively, persistent / persistently, persuasive / persuasively, pioneering, pleasant / pleasantly, polite / politely, popular / popularly, positive / positively, potent / potently, powerful / powerfully, practical / practically, precise / precisely, preliminary / preliminarily, present / presently, previous / previously, principal / principally, private / privately, productive / productively, professional / professionally, proficient / proficiently, profitable / profitably, profound / profoundly, progressive / progressively, prominent / prominently, prompt / promptly, proper / properly, prudent / prudently, public / publicly, punctual / punctually
quick / quickly
rapid / rapidly, rational / rationally, realistic / realistically, reassuring / reassuringly, recent / recently, regular / regularly, reliable / reliably, repeated / repeatedly, resilient / resiliently, resolute / resolutely, resourceful / resourcefully, respectful / respectfully, responsible / responsibly, rigorous / rigorously, robust / robustly, routine / routinely
safe / safely, scholar / scholarly, secure / securely, selective / selectively, sensitive / sensitively, serious / seriously, sharp / sharply, shrewd / shrewdly, significant / significantly, sincere / sincerely, singular / singularly, sizeable / sizeably, skillful / skillfully, slight / slightly, smart / smartly, smooth / smoothly, social / socially, solid / solidly, sophisticated, sound / soundly, special / specially, specific / specifically, spontaneous / spontaneously, steadfast / steadfastly, steady / steadily, straightforward / straightforwardly, strategic / strategically, strict / strictly, striking / strikingly, strong / strongly, substantial / substantially, subtle / subtly, successful / successfully, succinct / succinctly, sudden / suddenly, suitable / suitably, supportive / supportively, systematic / systematically
tactful / tactfully, tangible / tangibly, tasteful / tastefully, technical / technically, tenacious / tenaciously, thorough / thoroughly, thoughtful / thoughtfully, timely, tireless / tirelessly, traditional / traditionally, tremendous / tremendously, true / truly, typical / typically
ultimate / ultimately, unambiguous / unambiguously, uncommon / uncommonly, unconditional / unconditionally, undeniable / undeniably, understandable / understandably, unerring / unerringly, unexpected / unexpectedly, uniform / uniformly, usual / usually
variable / variably, varied, vast / vastly, verbal / verbally, virtual / virtually, visible / visibly, vital / vitally, vivid / vividly
weekly, well, wide / widely, willing / willingly, wise / wisely
In addition to these descriptive resume words, you may also want to review a list of resume words to help you find strong verbs to use on your resume and resume keywords for help determining what resume words should be included in a scannable resume.