The Three Magic Words and
Their Hundred and Fifty-Five Little Helpers Nothing contributes
so much to
tranquilize the mind
as a steady purpose—
a point on which the soul
may fix it's intellectual eye
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY

The three magic words are:

1. Promises.
2. Emerging.
3. Demonstrated.
You start with promise. If you have absolutely no professional experience, you still have promise. This can be written in your résumé with passages like:

Because of his natural partnering abilities, his dedicated work habit, slender legs, and voluptuous arches, Mr. Lee promises to be a recognized classical dancer.

Once you are established as a dancer, you graduate to "emerging." You can also use some of its synonyms—rising, appearing, or dawning. Try this magic word in sentences like:

Emerging as an elegant and refined technician whose immaculate style woos the audience into ovations.

The final step, reserved for seasoned professionals, is "demonstrated." Demonstrated and its synonyms—shown, confirmed, or proven—are powerful words. Write "have demonstrated" on your résumé and you almost donít need to write anything else. Try it in paragraphs like:

Victoria has demonstrated her artistry in theaters throughout the world. She has proven herself to be a leading artist and a box office draw.

While itís definitely nice to say you "have demonstrated" on your résumé, itís certainly dignified to "be emerging" or to "be promising." This is the one place on your résumé where you can be a bit modest and still not sell yourself short.

One dancer asked, "I've been emerging for my whole career. When will I graduate to 'have demonstrated?'" When you're good enough—thatís when.

A Hundred and Fifty-Five Little Helpers

Here is a list of words that will add color, power and impact to your résumé and cover letter. Use them sparingly, perhaps one or two, and make sure you look them up in a dictionary before you do. Sometimes the definition will be different then you had imagined.

MagicVibrantExuberantExhilaratedPhenomenal
PerfectFocusedExplosiveBrilliantGifted
EcstaticConfidentDeterminedFastSerene
ImpassionedBallisticMotivatedDrivenCompelled
CenteredAchievedCreatedRecognizedSupported
ParticipatedPerformedProducedPromotedIrresistible
EnchantingGraciousBewitchingCaptivatingVersatile
OriginalSpectacularAbundantSuccessfullyRespected
AccomplishedIllustriousNotableEsteemedDominant
PrestigiousInfluentialAbsorbingGrippingOverwhelming
ProvocativeFascinatingSeductiveTalentedSeasoned
AceMasterCapableVeteranProficient
AlluringDynamicDramaticIntoxicatingIncisive
Enlivened byQualifiedFlair forSolidexperienceEndowed with
The artistry ofCompetenceFinesseMagnificentDazzling
SplendidUnforgettableSensationalMajesticGlorious
LightSoftDaintyCleanNatural
ImmaculateRefreshingExhilaratingPristinePlayful
IntegrityRevealingUnequivocalReputablePerfected
TransformedEnrichedIndispensableImperativeEssential
SignificantInvaluableVitalEnlighteningIlluminating
PreciousSuperbElegantClassicRare
ElitePoshRefinedInnovativeRevolutionary
ModernUltramodernSophisticatedFuturisticFavorite
FamousFamedLegendaryCelebratedIllustrious
RivetingVitalityVigorPotentIntense
RuggedDependablePracticalStrongTrusted
EstablishedPursuePeerlessGorgeousAppealing
AlluringVividSheerPrestigePetite
SlimFirst rateChicSupremeSlender
OutrageousBoldDaringGracefulFirst class


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