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:
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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