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At one of my past jobs, I trained 4 team members who joined as college graduates, and they took on important assignments in a relatively short time. I want to write this as an achievement in my resume used to apply to a leadership role.

Trained 4 newbies to become key contributors

obviously isn't "professional" to be written in a resume. I looked up thesaurus.com for synonyms but the words that I found (freshman, novice, rookie) suffer from the same problem.

What is a good "professional" synonym for newbie?

PS: This is beyond the scope of this question, but if there is a better wording to describe the above achievement (without being overly verbose or obscure), I would like to know it as well.

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    I think novice is fine. Some other possible alternatives are beginner, new recruit, and newcomer. (They aren't quite exactly the same thing, though.) – Damkerng T. Nov 24 '14 at 14:37
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One of my more important responsibilities was as Training Officer. I successfully trained four new team members who quickly proved capable of taking on important assignments.

Compare that to:

Trained four new team members to become key contributors.

If you were the employer, which would you prefer to see?
Even if you only trained them to use a sweeping brush, it doesn't really matter. Never be afraid to apply a little spin when it comes to selling yourself.

New staff or new employees would work just as well if you don't like, new team members.

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