Resume Keywords and the Bullet Formula

Preparing to write a resume

Next time you have a mental roadblock while writing your resume, try some of my favorite keywords below. But first, let me remind you of my formula for an impactful resume bullet.

Resume Bullet Formula

When writing a resume from scratch or trying to improve an existing one, I go line by line and use this formula:

Action Keyword + Accomplishment/Duty + Number/Statistic/Quantity = Stronger Bullet

Here is an example of summarizing your general job duty and adding a number to it.

Deliver exceptional customer service to 100+ patrons in a high-volume restaurant.”


Looking for a new way to say “Responsible for” or “managed”? Here are 10 of my favorite keywords. A longer list of keywords is available in my book, Doodle Your Dream Job – out now!

  • Accelerated
  • Built
  • Centralized
  • Delegated
  • Enabled
  • Forged
  • Illustrated
  • Lessened
  • Mobilized
  • Navigated
  • Operated
  • Refined
  • Screened
  • Secured
  • Upgraded


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