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20 Powerful Action Verbs To Kick Your Resume Up A Notch

20 Powerful Action Verbs To Kick Your Resume Up A Notch

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Did you know you should have strong action verbs strategically placed throughout your resume?

Well, now you do!

Most importantly, you want them at the beginning of the majority of your bullet points and accomplishment-based statements. Please do yourself —and every hiring manager out there—a favor; do not start your sentences with: Responsible for… worked with… or any other opening that lacks power and punch.

These really do nothing for your resume or experience except hurt it. Hiring managers are not exactly captivated by the phrases, “responsible for” or “worked with.” They are just so boring and repetitive—and it’s because just about every job seeker out there uses them. Hiring managers want—need—words that jump off the page and captivate them.

Here are a few examples of my favorite action words:

Captivated
Championed
Directed
Exceeded
Pioneered
Formulated
Generated
Intensified
Leveraged
Masterminded
Maximized
Mentored
Optimized
Orchestrated
Re-engineered
Spearheaded
Structured
Proliferate
Recaptured
Rejuvenated

Truthfully, the list could go on.

Don’t believe me?

Use the synonym feature in Microsoft Word or go to Thesaurus.com.

Be creative in your action verb choice, and choose strong words that convey ACTION to begin every sentence. These words communicate action, results, accomplishments, and contributions—which are all key components in creating a powerful and captivating resume.


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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. Want to work with the best resume writer? If you would like us to personally work on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile—and dramatically improve their response rates—then check out our professional and executive resume writing services at GreatResumesFast.com or contact us for more information if you have any questions.