Daily Tip: Strong Verbs for Your Resume

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When it comes to writing a resume, people tend to focus on the nouns—administrator, developer, programmer, language, etc.—and give only cursory thought to the verbs. By strengthening your verbs, however, you can create a resume that truly stands out from the rest of the pile.

What’s a “strong” or “power” verb? Many of the ones commonly used in resumes certainly don’t qualify: “Assisted,” “managed,” “administered,” and “helped” (for example) don’t convey the energy and thought you poured into the activities of your working life. Instead, see if one (or more) of the following will better convey your strengths:

1. Planned
2. Organized
3. Created
4. Designed
5. Founded
6. Drove
7. Reorganized
8. Enabled
9. Partnered
10. Resolved
11. Analyzed
12. Counseled
13. Enforced
14. Achieved
15. Engineered
16. Implemented
17. Advanced
18. Improved
19. Streamlined
20. Facilitated
21. Monitored
22. Completed
23. Targeted
24. Restructured
25. Upgraded

There are many more, of course—the point is that every verb in your resume should help to highlight your achievements to the fullest.

We’ve got a lengthy list (organized by type of accomplishment) in case you need some more ideas.

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