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17 Trigger Words That Are Like Cheat Codes For Your Flight Resume

Resume Hacks for Future Flight Nurses, Flight Medics, And EMS Pilots.

5 words – “Die Hard On A Bus” – is all it took for the blockbuster movie “Speed” to get snatched up by movie producers.


Because if you saw the movie “Die Hard,” you immediately get the idea behind “Speed.” Five words is all it takes to paint a vivid picture of what the movie “Speed” is all about.

Words matter.

The right words are the difference between success and failure. The right words are the difference between a job you love, and one that sucks the life out of you for all of eternity.

Words are powerful stuff.

This article will teach you the right words to use on your flight nurse, flight medic, or EMS pilot resume.

Why Words Matter On A Flight Resume

Why do words matter so much on a flight resume? Do the right words really make a difference?


The right words make all the difference on a resume. Why? Because 99% of the time, resumes stand alone. You’re not there to clarify this or that. Your words on paper do all the “talking” for you.

If you’re reading this, you already know the competition for flight jobs is fierce. Write a half-ass resume and cover letter and kiss your chances of flying goodbye. It’s really that simple.

The good news is that it’s not hard to use the right words –once you know the difference between the good words and the bad words. It really is as simple as… use these words. And avoid these words. The only other thing to remember is to make sure your list of trigger words is current. Trigger words change over time.

Don’t worry. Finish this article and you’ll be an expert on which words to use.

What The Heck Is A Cheat Code

If you’re seasoned (old) flight crew like myself, you might be wondering what the heck is a cheat code?

A top authority (my 14-year old son) informs me that Cheat Codes are special codes video game players use to give themselves an edge or unfair advantage in their video games.

And that’s exactly how trigger words for flight resumes work. Use the right trigger words and give yourself an advantage. Use the wrong trigger words and immediately cripple your chances of success.

It’s all about knowing the right words.

The Best Trigger Words For Flight Resumes

What exactly are the best trigger words for flight resumes?

Here is the current trigger list we teach coaching students at Flight Safety Network:

  1. Discovered
  2. Revealed
  3. Improved
  4. Achieved
  5. Trained/Mentored
  6. Managed
  7. Created
  8. Resolved
  9. Volunteered
  10. Influenced
  11. Increased/Decreased
  12. Ideas
  13. Negotiated
  14. Launched
  15. Revenue/Profits
  16. Under Budget
  17. Won

How To Start Using Trigger Words

How do you get started with trigger words?

It’s super simple and easy to do. Get started by combing through your current resume. Look for opportunities to update your resume with trigger words. Be sure to make certain your updates make sense both contextually and grammatically.

That’s it. Just start replacing words where it makes sense to do so.

What About Words To Avoid

What about the words to avoid? Is there a list to avoid at all costs?

Yes. In some cases, the words to avoid are simply the opposite of the trigger words to use.

In many cases, words to avoid are unique.

You can find the Trigger Words To Avoid At All Costs inside this month’s edition of INSIDER Training Program. The training program also includes a monthly audio training CD, online membership access, audio training book, bonus courses, flight safety net patch and more –too much to list here.

Click this link to get all the details about Flight Safety Net Insider Training Program.

Take A Test Flight

You can also take INSIDER for a free 30-day test flight. If you’re on the fence about starting a pro training program, now is a good time to get started –before the price goes up again.

The words on your flight resume will probably not land you a multi-million dollar movie deal like the producers of “Speed.” But using the right words, and avoiding the wrong words, will absolutely set you apart from your competition for flight jobs.

A lot of times it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.


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Troy Shaffer
Troy Shaffer

About the Author: Troy is an Air Medical Career Expert passionate about a team approach to improving air medical safety from the ground up. Troy is a former Army medic, Army pilot, Coast Guard pilot and EMS pilot. Troy has taught hundreds of wannabe flight medics, flight nurses and EMS pilots the exact steps needed to launch air medical careers.

    14 replies to "17 Trigger Words That Are Like Cheat Codes For Your Flight Resume"

    • Kristin Autry

      My friend Steph Bunker needs to read this article!

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for sharing our flight interview article.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Jon Thompson

      Alan Burk you need to read this article!

      • Troy Shaffer


        Thanks for sharing our flight interview article with Alan.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Rich Cooper

      I really like the picture LOL

      • Troy Shaffer


        The photo attached to this article is one of my personal favorites. Thanks for commenting.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

    • Jeff Ennis

      That’s our sister ship Life Flight 1 in Pensacola! Mike Wood & Robert Hector check out this article.

      • Troy Shaffer


        A great photo for sure. Thanks for commenting.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

      • Daniel White

        That might be where it’s at now… but this was shot on top of Roper Hospital in Charleston South Carolina… and it’s LifeNet 7 and Rich Cooper is the guy pushing the stretcher…

        • Troy Shaffer


          Thanks for sharing. LifeNet 7 is a great air medical program. We appreciate you giving credit where credit is due.

          Clear skies & Tailwinds

    • Rob

      Can you look over a relatively new pilots resume that has an opportunity to be an EMS pilot? I want there to be no doubt I’m the right choice. Thank you! Rob

      • Troy Shaffer


        Sure, I’d be glad to help. Please send an email to ask @ flightsafetynet dot com
        with “Flight Audit” in the subject line. We’ll go from there.

        Clear Skies & Tailwinds

        • Rob

          Thanks! I understand if it costs for the review.

          • Troy Shaffer


            The flight audit is free. It’s just a 20 minute phone call where I answer your most pressing question and we both decide if we’re a good fit to work together.

            I’ll send you the details when I get your email. Thanks.

            Clear Skies & Tailwinds

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