How to Write a Better Resume using the Thesaurus

How to write a better resume, using the power of thesaurus

A thesaurus is a compilation or collection of synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). Looking up on a thesaurus is just like browsing a dictionary.

With a thesaurus, one can avoid repeated use of the same words in his/her resume by listing alternative texts. Of course, in most cases, we will be referring to synonyms because we want to possibly replace the word hardworking with, for example, diligent (synonym) and not lazy (antonym) in our resume. Vocab (vocabulary) enrichment in your resume can make a difference in impression.

Some words of caution though: please be practical in your approach. Don’t use thesaurus too excessively and only pick those words that fit correctly into your context. Not all listed synonyms are suitable replacements to your selected words, hence, where necessary, cross check the new alternative words with the dictionary.

Today, more interestingly, working with thesaurus is amazingly easy. Just browse the thesaurus website, write any word in mind in the search form and you can already experience the wonders. For heavily mobile users, thesaurus apps are freely available for smart phones and tablets. The App Store, Google Play and Blackberry App markets, among others, offer a long list of handy thesaurus applications.

The use of thesaurus will help you in the following ways:

1. It improves your English

Thesaurus helps you to learn new words and the practical ways of using them which are not confined only to writing a resume. As the time goes by, you will be surprised to notice your increase of knowledge in words. This will go a long way to help elevating your career, regardless of profession or industry you are in.

2. It avoids usage of repeated words.

Use of repeated words weakens the vocab and adversely affects the impression your resume make on the employer. Churn out some creativity by enriching your roles with interesting phrases and punching words using the power of the thesaurus.

3. Replace common or boring words to more purposeful terms

Some words are pretty common and to some extent, boring, e.g., do, involve, perform, etc., which only belong to average resumes. It will be good if we can find more interesting words when describing our roles, achievements and so on. For example, “Expedite monitoring of vendor performance” sounds more articulate than “Involve in monitoring vendor performance”.

In sum, get to know the thesaurus and how it works, and this will certainly help you write a better resume.