Resume Tips: Keywords – Nouns and Numbers

The most important words that you can put on your resume after your name and contact information are the facts of your career.

Stick to the names of people, places, things, or ideas.  Add action words: increased, doubled, succeeded. Skip the opinion words: excellent, outstanding, experienced.

Babe Ruth’s Resume
Batted .342
Averaged 40 home runs per season
Hit 714 home runs in his career
Had a career earned run average of 2.28

Katherine Hepburn’s Resume
6th Academy Awards (1934): Best Actress, win, for Morning Glory
8th Academy Awards (1936): Best Actress, nomination, for Alice Adams
13th Academy Awards (1941): Best Actress, nomination, for The Philadelphia Story
15th Academy Awards (1943): Best Actress, nomination, for Woman of the Year
24th Academy Awards (1952): Best Actress, nomination, for The African Queen
28th Academy Awards (1956): Best Actress, nomination, for Summertime
29th Academy Awards (1957): Best Actress, nomination, for The Rainmaker
32nd Academy Awards (1960): Best Actress, nomination, for Suddenly, Last Summer
35th Academy Awards (1963): Best Actress, nomination, for Long Day’s Journey into Night
40th Academy Awards (1968): Best Actress, win, for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
41st Academy Awards (1969): Best Actress, win, for The Lion in Winter (shared with Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl)
54th Academy Awards (1982): Best Actress, win, for On Golden Pond

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