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2006.01.31

004_Resume_Power_Words

Kevin helps Maki improve her resume with English power words. The words develop, Implement and strengthen are discussed.

Kevin:
Welcome back to Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin Podcasting. A great place to review English words and phrases. This week I spoke with Nichibei student Maki about power words for resumes.
Maki:
Hi Kevin.
Kevin:
Hi Maki. What are you working on?
Maki:
I'm gonna make an English resume listing my job experience and stuff.
Kevin:
Sounds good. Do you have a question?
Maki:
Well I've heard that there're some words in English which have more power than other words. Is this true?
Kevin:
Yes it is. Resumes in English often use power words. These are words which sound more active and powerful, and therefore more professional. So, how exactly can I help you?
Maki:
Well, could you ask some teachers what they think are good power words for a resume?
Kevin:
Sure Maki, I'd be happy to. First I'm going to ask Glenn Evanish. Glenn, Glenn, I've got this student who is writing a resume in English and she wants to put in some English power words. What's your suggestion for a good English power word to use in a resume?
Glenn Evanish:
Hmm. Let me think, umm. A word that I've always liked is develop. I would use develop instead of, for example, made. A lot of people would make the mistake of saying " I made this system" or something like that. (It) sounds much more dynamic to say "I developed this system" rather than just "I made it".
Kevin:
Thanks Glenn.
Glenn Evanish:
No problem.
Kevin:
OK Maki. Are we on the right track? How's that?
Maki:
Great!
Kevin:
Good. Then let's move on. Next I'm going to ask Paul Stacey. Paul? I've got a student who's writing an English resume and she's looking for some power words to punch up her resume.
Paul Stacey:
Power words, power words, power words. Well, let me see, you have her resume there? Let me have a look.
Kevin:
Yeah, I've got one here.
Paul Stacey:
OK, OK let's see here. "started a cost savings program". See here start see that?That's a kind of a plain word. You can ...bring that up a little bit. Maybe "implement a cost savings program"?
Kevin:
Implement. What does that mean?
Paul Stacey:
Implement, Implement. It means basically the same as start but it means to put into effect or to carry out or to get something going. And it has a little more power, a little more force. So, if she's implementing the cost savings program, it carries a little more weight! How about that?
Kevin:
Thank you very much Paul. OK Maki. Two down, one to go. Next let's get the opinion of Jeff Hull. Jeff, do you have a minute?
Jeff Hull:
Yes I do.
Kevin:
Well, I'm helping this girl in class. And she got a...she's writing an English resume and she need some help to improve it a little bit. Here, could you take a look at this resume?
Jeff Hull:
Yes, let me see. She has here "I she helped improve client relations". Maybe she could improve that a little by changing "improve" to "strengthen". "I helped strengthen client relations" it makes it sound a little...gives it a little more impact.
Kevin:
Makes it stronger.
Jeff Hull:
Yeah, I think it makes it a little bit stronger.
Kevin:
Thanks for your help Jeff.
Jeff Hull:
OK, you're welcome.
Kevin:
OK Maki, How's that?
Maki:
Fantastic, Thanks Kevin. I'm off to make my resume.
Kevin:
Great. Let's review the words today. develop, implement, and strengthen. OK, that's all the time we have for this podcast. A big thanks to Maki and the teachers who helped out today.
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