Most resume bullet points start with the same words. Frankly, the same tired old words hiring managers have heard over and over—to the point where they’ve lost a lot of their meaning and don’t do much to show off your awesome accomplishments.
So, let’s get a little more creative, shall we? Next time you update your resume, switch up a few of those common words and phrases with strong, compelling action verbs that will catch hiring managers’ eyes.
No matter what duty or accomplishment you’re trying to show off, we’ve got just the verb for you. Check out the list below, and get ready to make your resume way more exciting.
If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try:
And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:
Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:
Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider:
So, you brought your department’s invoicing system out of the Stone Age and onto the interwebs? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words:
Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like:
Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try:
Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:
Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words:
Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like:
Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:
Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like:
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What are you waiting for?
No job-seeker should ever be without action verbs for describing accomplishments on your resumes and cover letters.
Job-seekers: Do not ever let your cover letter or resume leave your hands until you have described your accomplishments, skills, and experiences using these key action verbs.
Remember to use these action verbs in writing your resume and cover letters to increase the strength of your writing and make potential employers take notice of your accomplishments and skills!
We organized our list of action verbs alphabetically and by general skill categories. Use one of the links below to get started on strengthening your job-search correspondence!
See also our article, which includes amazing samples of action verbs in action as bullet points on job-seeker resumes: Action Verbs in Action: Sample Resume Bullet Points that Kick Off with Powerful Verbs.
And for verbs and words not to put on your job-search resume, see our sister site, MyCareerBlast.com: Words, Verbs, Phrases That Should NEVER be on Your Resume.