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20 Action Verbs that Pump Up Your Resume

20 Action Verbs that Pump Up Your Resume

Use action verbs to captivate your audience

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez | CAREEREALISM

Every resume should have strong action verbs strategically placed throughout—most importantly, 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 Directed
Championed 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 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.

This article was originally published on CAREEREALISM.

CAREEREALISM Expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. She has written hundreds of articles that are featured on some of the best career advice Web sites today. In addition, her writing has been included in Launch Pad, a career search strategy guide featuring exclusive information by the top career experts in the industry. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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