Job seekers have been advised for long time to emphasize action verbs/action words/power words in their job-search applications. That action verbs/action words/power words associated with "what you did" are the keywords. In the vast majority of cases, they are nouns but they can be phrases too - like in examples below:
Adopted advice yielded positive outcomes with an infinitely more efficient and stable product released to market prompting enhanced reputation, and a marked decline in technical support.
Appointed to the board of a prominent software company as a financial and operational trouble-shooter selected by the Managing Director to analyze and report on financial issues and produce recommendations for improvement.
Attracted and retained award-winning designers through collaborative and challenging organizational culture.
Built a solid network of influential contacts in the financial services industry including senior managers of a leading bank. Arranged presentation of how services offered by both firms were complementary opening the door for mutually beneficial referral relationships.
Built solid network of influential financial leaders including senior managers of Westpac, and arranged presentation of complementary services designed to build a mutually beneficial referral base.
Championed the implementation of a new staff rationalization program delivered in tandem with streamlined processes via a strategic change management initiative.
Conducted due diligence for a commercial cleaning business acquisition, and later created the operational infrastructure and growth strategies that facilitated substantial business expansion prompting a ___% increase in staff numbers, commercial offices, investment purchases, and ongoing accounting business for the firm.
Consolidated banking relations to achieve preferred status and improved service.
Created a global marketing model to initiate a total market view in business planning.
Cross-departmental planning and coordination led to shared expense solutions that resulted in savings of $____M in the first ___ months.
Designed and coordinated the Business Process Analyst Group, establishing prioritization policies for organizational expenses based on Return On Investment projections.
Developed and instituted management processes and procedures in all three offices, streamlining daily communications and operations, increasing efficiency, and ensuring project deadline compliance.
Developed criteria to determine value and redundancy of suppliers, negotiated strategic partnership with ‘preferred providers' based on volume discounts, reducing number of suppliers from ____ to ____.
Developed financial and operational strategic plan and managed activities of service providers for ___ entities with annual sales of nearly $____ million in ___ states.
Directed a process to convert ____ engineering records from paper to digital format. Process resulted in the unification of ___ systems into three integrated programs, reducing "re-work" by ___% and capital expenditures by $___M per year.
Directed multi-site and international operations capable of managing staff of up to ___.
Directly recruited over ___ employees, including ___ system engineers, saving approximately $___ in recruiting fees.
Eliminated ___% of clerical jobs, rendering $ ___ in annual savings.
Ended union strike immediately after assuming role of president, acting as negotiation leader. Reached cost-effective ___-year collective bargaining agreement.
Evaluated alternative financing methods, generated financial models of each method, and presented findings to President and Board Members.
Evaluated, approved, and developed projects, securing public funding of $ _____.
Executed deadline-dependent team project to resolve critical SAP system fault in stock control and customer service, reducing product re-allocations by ___%.
Facilitated the growth of business migration to the service mix-a highly successful concept later rolled out nationally with similar client and fee increases.
Facilitated triple-digit revenue growth from ____ (year) through ____ (year) ($___ to $___). Researched, analyzed, and resolved major issues relative to product development, facilities and personnel.
Formed key business and government liaisons to support new initiatives for community growth and expansion.
Gained qualification as a Migration Agent to better understand client issues, government policy and processes surrounding immigration. Provide migration assistance, introduce clients to business, and tailor accounting and tax planning for migrants.
Held Profit & Loss responsibility for capital budget of $___M, while managing program increases of ___% year over year.
Identified core similarities between data processing systems, and implemented standardized approach to eliminate duplicate tasks and restore cost efficiencies.
Implemented four-stage development methodology including cross-functional specialist's teams and directed company through consequential accelerated growth, capturing a __% annual growth rate.
Increased major production line productivity ___% by soliciting input from technical industry experts to enhance manufacturing performance.
Initiated and successfully negotiated refinancing of $___ million in bank loans from outside lenders to internal loan, resulting in ___% decrease in interest rate (from ___% to ___ %).
Initiated open communication and enterprise-wide education process to effect cultural changes and set long-term strategy.
Inspired a staff member to enhance professional career through study, by mentoring and providing feedback on career opportunities available.
Instituted growth strategy comprising penetration of existing client accounts through cross selling of additional services, favorably affecting bottom line and gross margins.
Introduced a new service to an accounting practice and facilitated the growth of a second service that delivered ___ of the organization's top ___ revenue-generating clients. Idea proved so popular, it was later rolled out across all offices nationally.
Introduced vendor bidding to cut overhead by ___ %.
Led conversion and assimilation of two existing engineering organizations into unified systems, standards, and tools to reduce costs by $___M per year.
Made recommendations concerning business policy, resource allocation, and strategic planning activities to improve bottom-line financial performance.
Maintained and negotiated new financing contracts, realizing a ___% reduction in interest costs.
Managed a team that identified and eliminated redundant functions and systems yielding a cost savings of $____M per year and a workforce reduction from _____ to _____.
Managed and directed a wide range of strategic planning, financial analysis and organizational management functions for an entity with seven stores in two states and annual sales in excess of $____ million.
Orchestrated $______ in local council and State Government co-funding projects in year 1992 creating ____ new jobs.
Personally secured two clients generating $___ pa.
Presented financial outlook and tax highlight summary to crowds of up to ___ company conference delegates.
Produced the growth strategies that facilitated extensive business expansion for a commercial cleaning business-prompting a ___% increase in staff numbers, and lucrative commercial office and investment purchases.
Provided pro-active, decisive, and hands-on leadership within volatile industry.
Realized $___ million profits in first quarter ___ (year) after losses of $___ million in ___ (previous year).
Recognized for use of innovative Internet technology rendering competitive edge for clients.
Restructured cash management and control systems reducing short-term financing requirements by $_______.
Restructured entities and their ownership, managed acquisitions and divestitures, initiated profitability studies, and implemented fundamental operational changes in all entities.
Spearheaded a divisional restructure that reduced non-chargeable hours by ___%, enhanced interdepartmental communications, and boosted staff morale.
Spearheaded a restructure of the tax division, consolidating all staff and trainees under a new manager. Idea spurred increased efficiencies with a reduction of ___% in non-chargeable hours, enhanced communications, and boosted staff morale.
Spearheaded global ISO 9002 certification in an organization with over _____ employees.
Steered the financial prosperity of a client's business enterprise-driving annual revenue increases of ___% over ___-years.
Structured and negotiated strategic alliances and acquisition to further strengthen financial position and customer satisfaction through broadening of services and resources.
Successfully merged Sales and Operations groups to achieve better coordination and streamline operations.
Successfully negotiated with the South African government to accompany and enhance road shows presented in South Africa.
Supervised relationships with auditors, insurance brokers, banking institutions, and corporate legal counsel to manage audits, cash and credit management, negotiation of agreements, quarterly and annual SEC compliant financial reporting, and human resource issues.
Sustained ___% annual growth rate through ____ (year) within highly competitive market by developing strategic, long-term business plans, attracting and retaining talented staff, and cost control processes-outlasted and outperformed major industry players.
Transformed start-up enterprise to an established revenue-generator in just ___-months.
Unified regional groups under a single entity, reducing expenses by $___ million.
Used visionary talent with keen eye for new opportunities; identified chance to redefine corporate strategy and capitalize on integrated services in response to increased competition from mainstream competitors.
Won lucrative client from high-profile competitor through assurances of personalized service and a series of personally-created management and financial reports designed to improve operations.
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Use CEO keywords in all your marketing communications, including resumes, CVs, cover letter, interview follow-up letters, executive profiles and more. Carefully integrate them into the text, when and where appropriate. Be sure you are communicating a complete message of who you are and what value and knowledge you bring to the organization.
Remember, these same keywords will be the foundation for your interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also you must be able to verbally communicate about them as well, in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Check the spelling and grammar of your CV or resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your resume or CV, send it to a professional for assistance.
Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samples, CV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:
- "fill in the blanks" resume writing software.
Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
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Good luck with your CEO keywords!