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Every resume should have strong action verbs strategically placed throughout—most importantly, at the beginning of the majority of your bullet points and accomplishment-based statements.  Please do yourself —and every hiring manager out there—a favor; do not start your sentences with: Responsible for … Worked with … or any other opening that lacks power and punch.

These really do nothing for your resume or experience except hurt it.  Hiring managers are not exactly captivated by the phrases, ‘responsible for’ or ‘worked with’.  They are just so boring and repetitive—and it’s because just about every job seeker out there uses them.  Hiring managers want—need—words that jump off the page and captivate them.  Here are a few examples of my favorite action words:

Formulized (or Formulated)

Truthfully, the list could go on.  Don’t believe me?  Use the synonym feature in Microsoft Word or go to  Be creative in your action verb choice, and choose strong words that convey ACTION to begin every sentence.  These words communicate action, results, accomplishments, and contributions—which are all key components in creating a powerful and captivating resume.

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  1. […] Filed Under: Great job hunting tips! by Steve — Leave a comment Feb 21, 2010 20 Powerful Action Verbs to Kick Your Resume Up A Notch!. Comments RSS […]

  2. Teresa Thompson on February 22, 2010 at 2:54 am

    This is right on! Speaking of right, I learned a lot of this at Right Management. Very similar list. One of my favorites that you left off is EXPLODED. Good article.

  3. Mandy Minor on February 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Great advice. I’m also a resume writer and appreciate your list, it’s super!

  4. Pamela Richard on February 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Great advise. Thanks!

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