27Apr/110

Using Action Verbs To Dress Up Your Resume

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Once there was a little sentence that no one noticed. It was bland and boring and sort of sad. It lay on a resume just hoping to be noticed. People read it and then went on with their lives, never remembering what it said or even who wrote it. It was a lonely little sentence and when it finally admitted it needed help (for admitting you need help is the first step) it went looking for an active verb or two to turn its life around.  It discovered an active verb list in the land of Internet and began to add them to itself.  It ventured out and invited more active verbs to join it.

And the verbs just kept coming. Verbs that made the little sentence come alive, move forward and shine. Verbs that got it noticed, remembered and, most importantly, inspired a response.  And that little sentence blossomed into a meaningful conversation and landed the perfect job for its writer and they all lived happily ever-after in the land of fat-free lattes and reduced carbon emissions.

If you have a lonely little sentence or twenty read over this list of the some of the most helpful and generous active verbs and use them to highlight your skills, express your goals and make an employer take notice. Let them know that you’ve Resolved issues, Increased revenue, Analyzed results and were Awarded the Order of the Exceeded Expectations!

Accomplished

Achieved

Adapted

Advanced

Advised

Analyzed

Awarded

Boosted

Budgeted

Built

Collaborated

Communicated

Conceptualized

Demonstrated

Developed

Designed

Ensured

Established

Exceeded

Facilitated

Fostered

Gained

Generated

Guided

Headed

Identified

Implemented

Increased

Led

Managed

Marketed

Motivated

Negotiated

Observed

Optimized

Organized

Performed

Prepared

Presented

Produced

Realized

Researched

Resolved

Saved

Secured

Shaped

Strengthened

Trained

Taught

Upgraded

Won

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