The Recruiting Blog of KG Workforce Solutions.
So you have finally started your job search and are diligently working on your resume. You know your resume is more than an iteration of your employment history. You know your resume is a marketing tool that sells you. You also know that a resume can make or break your chances of getting an interview.
So do you also know that all verbs are not created equally? That’s right, a verb is not a verb. To write a compelling resume, you have to write a story that demonstrates more than a list of tasks. It must reflect your accomplishments and stand apart from the hundreds of other resumes that are being reviewed.
What is wrong with this? Technically, nothing. The better question is “what is special about this”? The answer, nothing!
Both excerpts say the same thing, but the second excerpt paints a picture of what the candidate did and what that resulted in for the company. Using powerful verbs and tying those verbs to a result or accomplishment is critical in writing an effective resume. If you struggle to identify meaningful verbs that allow you to connect your tasks to results, below are tips.
Instead of Led, try one of these verbs:
Spearheaded, Steered, Guided, Mentored, Consulted, Chaired
Instead of Created, try one of these verbs:
Engineered, Pioneered, Assembled, Orchestrated, Synthesized, Established, Prototyped
Struggling to find words that demonstrate an accomplishment? Try one of these verbs:
Standardized, Enhanced, Regulated, Accelerated, Awarded, Earned, Boosted, Attained, Energized, Capitalized
Not sure how to demonstrate your effective communications skills without saying “effective communicator”? Try incorporating one of these verbs:
Corresponded, Collaborated, Campaigned, Presented, Illustrated, Influenced, Authored, Publicized
There are endless powerful words that can be used to reflect your skills and experience. In addition to the suggested verbs above, don’t forget that there are many other verbs not listed in this article. Know how to find them? Use a thesaurus. One of the most underutilized tools in resume writing is the thesaurus. Most resumes are written using a data processing software with a built-in thesaurus.
After each bullet on your resume, ask yourself “why did I do this” or “what was the result of this”. This will help you draw accomplishments out of your tasks so you can create a story with your resume and not just a list of tasks.
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