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Led...

Developed...

Designed...

Managed...

All the bullet points in your resume starts with similar words. The hiring manager is bored of that. Let's be creative and add some strong, compeling action verbs that will make your resume outstanding.

See which one of the following matches with yoru condition and then use a powerful word.

  1. You Led a Project
  2. You Envisioned and Brought to Life a Project
  3. You Saved the Company Time or Money
  4. You Increased Efficiency, Sales, Revenue, or Customer Satisfaction
  5. You Changed or Improved Something
  6. You Managed a Team
  7. You Brought in Partners, Funding, or Resources
  8. You Supported Customers
  9. You Were a Research Machine
  10. You Wrote or Communicated
  11. You Oversaw or Regulated
  12. You Achieved Something

1. You Led a Project

If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try-

  • Chaired
  • Controlled
  • Coordinated
  • Executed
  • Headed
  • Operated
  • Orchestrated
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Produced
  • Programmed

2. You Envisioned and Brought to Life a Project

And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:

  • Administered
  • Built
  • Charted
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Founded
  • Engineered
  • Established
  • Formalized
  • Formed
  • Formulated
  • Implemented
  • Incorporated
  • Initiated
  • Instituted
  • Introduced
  • Launched
  • Pioneered
  • Spearheaded

3. You Saved the Company Time or Money

Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:

  • Conserved
  • Consolidated
  • Decreased
  • Deducted
  • Diagnosed
  • Lessened
  • Reconciled
  • Reduced
  • Yielded

4. You Increased Efficiency, Sales, Revenue, or Customer Satisfaction

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:

  • Accelerated
  • Achieved
  • Advanced
  • Amplified
  • Boosted
  • Capitalized
  • Delivered
  • Enhanced
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Furthered
  • Gained
  • Generated
  • Improved
  • Lifted
  • Maximized
  • Outpaced
  • Stimulated
  • Sustained

5. You Changed or Improved Something

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:

  • Centralized
  • Clarified
  • Converted
  • Customized
  • Influenced
  • Integrated
  • Merged
  • Modified
  • Overhauled
  • Redesigned
  • Refined
  • Refocused
  • Rehabilitated
  • Remodeled
  • Reorganized
  • Replaced
  • Restructured
  • Revamped
  • Revitalized
  • Simplified
  • Standardized
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Updated
  • Upgraded
  • Transformed

6. You Managed a Team

Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like:

  • Aligned
  • Cultivated
  • Directed
  • Enabled
  • Facilitated
  • Fostered
  • Guided
  • Hired
  • Inspired
  • Mentored
  • Mobilized
  • Motivated
  • Recruited
  • Regulated
  • Shaped
  • Supervised
  • Taught
  • Trained
  • Unified
  • United

7. You Brought in Partners, Funding, or Resources

Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try:

  • Acquired
  • Forged
  • Navigated
  • Negotiated
  • Partnered
  • Secured

8. You Supported Customers

Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:

  • Advised
  • Advocated
  • Arbitrated
  • Coached
  • Consulted
  • Educated
  • Fielded
  • Informed
  • Resolved

9. You Were a Research Machine

Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words:

  • Analyzed
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Audited
  • Calculated
  • Discovered
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Explored
  • Forecasted
  • Identified
  • Interpreted
  • Investigated
  • Mapped
  • Measured
  • Qualified
  • Quantified
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Tracked

10. You Wrote or Communicated

Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like:

  • Authored
  • Briefed
  • Campaigned
  • Co-authored
  • Composed
  • Conveyed
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Counseled
  • Critiqued
  • Defined
  • Documented
  • Edited
  • Illustrated
  • Lobbied
  • Persuaded
  • Promoted
  • Publicized
  • Reviewed

11. You Oversaw or Regulated

Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:

  • Authorized
  • Blocked
  • Delegated
  • Dispatched
  • Enforced
  • Ensured
  • Inspected
  • Itemized
  • Monitored
  • Screened
  • Scrutinized
  • Verified

12. You Achieved Something

Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like:

  • Attained
  • Awarded
  • Completed
  • Demonstrated
  • Earned
  • Exceeded
  • Outperformed
  • Reached
  • Showcased
  • Succeeded
  • Surpassed
  • Targeted

References

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