95 Powerful words for your Resume & Cover Letter

95 Powerful words for your Resume & Cover Letter

Graduates in 2017: Want to impress your recruiter at once? We have just the right thing for you! Read on.


How to make a better resumeWhether it is the business or casual email, resume, cover letter or your C.V, usage of certain words can help you gain readers attention at once and increase your chances of getting noticed. Using the right words at the right place is very important, it changes the mood, meaning and the motivation. Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger in the below example successfully explains how the response percentage is dependent on the word ‘Because’.

She tested three different ways of asking and recorded the results:

Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine?60% said OK.

Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I’m in a rush?94% said OK.

It appears that giving the reason increased the effectiveness of the request immensely.

Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make some copies?93% said OK.

The trigger word “because” is so powerful that the reason really didn’t seem to matter. So, the conclusion that we can draw here is that when you want people to take certain action always give them a reason.

In this particular blog we have compiled a list of 95 such power words that you can use in your CV, resume and emails to impress your reader at one go.

The 5 most impressive words in English

  1. You
  2. Because
  3. Free
  4. Instantly
  5. New

I am sure, you come across these words every day but are you aware of the effect it creates? Gregory Ciotti wrote about these five words in a post explaining how vital are they for persuasive conversation and writing.

Where can you use these words: Email headlines, Email Subject lines, Headings, the opening of a sentence and paragraphs.

19 Most powerful words by David Ogilvy

  1. Suddenly
  2. Now
  3. Announcing
  4. Introducing
  5. Improvement
  6. Amazing
  7. Sensational
  8. Remarkable
  9. Revolutionary
  10. Startling
  11. Miracle
  12. Magic
  13. Offer
  14. Quick
  15. Easy
  16. Wanted
  17. Challenge
  18. Compare
  19. Hurry

Where can you use these: Headlines, Pointers, Subject lines of emails

3 words to inspire people

  1. Join
  2. Become a member
  3. Come along

Where can you use these words: Email sign-ups, Messages, Subject lines, Starting of the email.

10 cause and effect words

  1. Accordingly
  2. As a result
  3. Because
  4. Caused by
  5. Consequently
  6. Due to
  7. For this reason
  8. Since
  9. Therefore
  10. Thus

Where can you use these words: Closing paragraphs, Transitions

12 words that imply undivided or exclusive

  1. Members only
  2. Login required
  3. Class full
  4. Membership now closed
  5. Ask for an invitation
  6. Apply to be one of our beta testers
  7. Exclusive offers
  8. Become an insider
  9. Be one of the few
  10. Get it before everybody else
  11. Be the first to hear about it
  12. Only available to subscribers

Where to use these words: Promotions, Headings, Subject line

46 omnipresent power packed words

  1. Improve
  2. Trust
  3. Immediately
  4. Discover
  5. Profit
  6. Learn
  7. Know
  8. Understand
  9. Powerful
  10. Best
  11. Win
  12. Hot Special
  13. More
  14. Bonus
  15. Exclusive
  16. Extra
  17. You
  18. Free
  19. Health
  20. Guarantee
  21. New
  22. Proven
  23. Safety
  24. Money
  25. Now
  26. Today
  27. Results
  28. Protect
  29. Help
  30. Easy
  31. Amazing
  32. Latest
  33. Extraordinary
  34. How to
  35. Worst
  36. Ultimate
  37. Hot
  38. First
  39. Big
  40. Anniversary
  41. Premiere
  42. Basic
  43. Complete
  44. Save
  45. Plus!
  46. Create

Where can you use these words: Email subject lines, Headline, Opening of an email.

As stated above correct usage of words can help you grab the readers or listeners attention at once. So, be very particular in choosing your words while sending an important email to your client or resume to the employer.

Do you have your list of power words that worked out for you? Share with us.