Action Verbs: Putting Your Resume to Work [Infographic]

You may be the most “results-driven” employee on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you’ve ever actually delivered results. The way recruiters and hiring managers see it, you use words like that when you don’t have anything concrete to talk about. The people you’re trying to impress don’t really care about how much effort you put into your job; they want to know what you’ve accomplished. That’s why your resume should contain lots of action verbs.

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The right words vary depending on the job, but they all have a few things in common: They’re action-oriented, they’re specific, and they create powerful visual images.

So, what do you do if you have a sneaking suspicion your resume needs a booster shot of action verbs? Get it out and read it ruthlessly. Highlight or circle every weak, ambiguous, cop-out verb. Then find precise, clear, powerful, action verbs to take their place. Here’s a hint: If the word invites you to include specific details, it’s probably a really good resume action verb.

So, where do find these verbs? This simple infographic from KickResume is going to help! Here, broken down by the most popular job categories, you’ll find 222 powerful verbs perfect for your resume. Use these liberally throughout your resume… and get the job interview.

Don’t apply for one more job without demonstrating your skills and experience… using these resume action verbs!


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