Summary: Give your resume new life by replacing the same old boring verbs with new action verbs to make your resume stand out.
You may be wondering why action verbs are so important to have on your resume and cover letter. Verbs describe our actions so using action verbs will add life to your work. These words will make your resume stand out because everyone else uses the same old tired words. Can you imagine what some of these words are? How about “motivated,” “managed,” or “talked.” While it is okay to leave a common verb in your resume here and there, try to switch out some with appropriate replacements.
Action verbs related to management positions:
Actions verbs related to direct work with clients
Action verbs related to being a corporate money/time saver:
Action verbs for innovators:
Action verbs for communicators:
Remember it is just as important to use some of these words in your interview as it is in your resume. It would be odd for the interviewer if your resume was filled with great action verbs but you personally used only tired boring verbs when discussing your experience.
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