Use Action Verbs to Describe Your Experience

15 seconds. We hear it from frequently from recruiters. If all they give is 15 seconds to review a resume, one way to catch their attention is by using strong action verbs.

As you write your resume, particularly to describe your work experience, and college and community involvement, be sure to use appealing action verbs. The words will accentuate experiences, skills, and characteristics, they'll leap from the page.

Not every action verb works for everyone, here are a few to consider for your resume:

Management/Leadership Skills
Administered - Authorized - Delegated - Directed - Established - Increased - Instituted - Managed - Organized - Produced - Strengthened - Supervised

Communication Skills
Arranged - Authored - Composed - Developed - Formulated - Interviewed - Moderated - Negotiated - Presented - Recruited

Research Skills
Analyzed - Critiqued - Diagnosed - Evaluated - Measured - Solved - Systematized

Technical Skills
Assembled - Calculated - Constructed - Designed - Overhauled - Regulated - Standardized

Teaching Skills
Advised - Coached - Facilitated - Guided - Instructed - Persuaded - Tutored

Financial Skills
Adjusted - Allocated - Audited - Conserved - Forecasted - Programmed - Reconciled

Creative Skills
Adapted - Conceptualized - Customized - Directed - Illustrated - Modeled - Performed - Shaped

Helping Skills
Advocated - Assisted - Collaborated - Demonstrated - Ensured - Provided - Resolved

Organization Skills
Charted - Compiled - Distributed - Executed - Implemented - Monitored - Processed - Validated

Accomplishments
Completed - Exceeded - Improved - Spearheaded - Surpasseed

 

Click here to see a full list of action verbs.

 

 

 

 

 

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