Synonym Suggestions for your Resume & Cover Letter

Synonym Suggestions for your Resume Cover LetterLooking for a synonym or another way to articulate common words or phrases on your resume or in your cover letter?

Good. And here’s why:

Many common phrases are overused buzzwords that will likely annoy the reader, as they see them time and time again.

You need to be able to stand out from the crowd by finding new and varied ways to get your message across without using stock words that every other applicant has used.

Even better than finding synonyms for commonly used words, you should try to use your resume or cover letter to demonstrate through real-life examples the traits you are trying to convey.

Use the different sections of your resume to give some real-life examples

Education Section

Rather than just listing your formal education on your resume, use this section to demonstrate potential employers that you’re a quick learner, or that you can adapt, or that you’re a team player.

So for example, if you want to say that you’re a continuous learner, you could use the Education section of your resume to emphasise your continuing further education and professional development achievements.

Showing that you have successfully completed a study programme, or a professional development course is one thing.

But showing that you regularly refresh and update the skills related to your profession will let a hiring manager know that you’re someone who stays on top of your personal development and looks for ways to continuously enhance your skills through development opportunities.

This clearly shows, through real-life examples, that you are continuous learner.

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Past Experience

When writing about your professional experience on your resume, you can use your experiences to demonstrate certain key traits that you want to emphasise.

So for example, if you want to show your potential new employer that you’re a team player, rather than simply writing ‘I’m a team player’ you can use a real-life example from your previous work experience to show this.

And not only highlight that you have worked as a team player, but that you were able to add real value to your company by doing so.

For example, if you’ve previously worked in an operations team, you could say something like:

“Worked as part of team to deliver improvements in an existing process, that generated a 10% reduction in waste”.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter can be used alongside your resume to help illustrate your strengths. Let’s say that you’re looking to show that you’re a quick learner.

Use the cover letter to emphasise your fast learning abilities. Relate your skills to the specific requirements of the job you’re applying for and give examples of similar workplace situations.

For example, if you’re applying for job in retail, you could say something like:

“I have previously learned how to use point of sale and inventory systems, from scratch to expert user in just 4 weeks, and I’m sure this knowledge will enable me to quickly learn similar systems used by your company.”

Synonyms for ‘Quick Learner’ or ‘Fast Learner’

There are no direct synonyms for ‘quick learner’ or ‘fast learner’, but you can try these suggested phrases as another way to say quick learner or fast learner:

  • Able to grasp new concepts quickly and efficiently.
  • I grasp new concepts and ideas quickly.
  • Able to master new skills quickly.
  • I process and apply new skills and concepts quickly.
  • Superior capacity of understanding new concepts and applying them correctly.
  • I adapt to new concepts and situations quickly.
  • Able to quickly embrace new ideas and methods.
  • I enjoy learning new things and can assimilate new ideas quickly.
  • Quickly adapt to new employment guidelines and procedures.
  • Have ability to learn new procedures quickly and efficiently.

Synonyms for ‘Skill’ or ‘Skills’

The following are good examples that will fit well with the business style of resumes:

  • Expertise
  • Dexterity
  • Ability / abilities
  • Competence / competency / competencies
  • Capability / capabilities
  • Aptitude
  • Talent

The following synonyms would not normally be suitable for a resume, unless you work in an industry that uses this type of language (e.g. classical arts):

  • Artistry
  • Art
  • Finesse
  • Virtuosity

Synonyms for ‘Career’ or ‘Job’

  • Vocation
  • Occupation
  • Profession
  • Employment
  • Work
  • Pursuit

Synonyms for ‘Demonstrate’

  • Establish
  • Prove
  • Show
  • Substantiate
  • Evidence
  • Confirm
  • Corroborate
  • Validate
  • Verify

Synonyms for ‘Understand’ or ‘Understanding’

  • Comprehend / comprehension
  • Grasp
  • Know
  • Cognizant
  • Apprehend / apprehension
  • Fathom
  • Perceive / perception

Synonyms for ‘Adapt’

  • Acclimatize
  • Accommodate
  • Adjust
  • Condition
  • Conform
  • Doctor
  • Edit
  • Fashion
  • Tailor

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