Résumé writing

Power words

NOTE: Power words are verbs that will help you construct active descriptions of your duties and accomplishments. You should begin each statement with a power word — not “I.” (The “I” is understood; you are talking about yourself in a résumé.) Also, use the past tense in your descriptive statements, even if you’re describing accomplishments relating to your current job. The only time you'll want to use the present tense is when you're describing the duties or responsibilities associated with your present position.

A

accelerated accomplished achieved acquired adapted added addressed adjusted administered advanced advised affiliated aided allocated amplified analyzed answered anticipated appeared applied appointed appraised approved arbitrated argued arranged assessed assigned assisted assumed assured attained audited augmented authorized averted awarded

B

began boosted bought briefed broadened brought budgeted built

C

calculated catalogued caused changed chaired checked chose clarified classified closed coached collected combined commented communicated compared compiled completed composed compressed computed conceived conceptualized concluded condensed conditioned conducted confirmed conserved considered consolidated constituted constructed consulted continued contracted contributed controlled converted convinced coordinated corrected counseled counted created critiqued cut

D

dealt decided defined delegated delivered demonstrated described designed determined developed devised diagnosed diagramed directed discharged discovered discussed dispensed displayed dissected distributed documented doubled drafted

E

earned edited educated effected elected eliminated encouraged endorsed engendered engineered enhanced enlarged enlisted ensured entered equipped eradicated erected established estimated evaluated evolved examined excelled executed exercised exhibited expanded expedited experienced experimented explained explored expressed extended

F

facilitated familiarized fashioned filed filled financed finished focused forecast foresaw formulated forwarded fostered found founded fulfilled furnished

G

gained gathered gave generated governed graded granted grasped grossed guided

H

halved handled hastened headed helped highlighted

I

identified illustrated imagined implemented improved improvised inaugurated incorporated increased indexed initiated influenced innovated inspected installed instituted instructed insured integrated interpreted interviewed introduced invented invested investigated involved issued

J

joined judged

K

kept

L

laboured launched learned leased lectured led licensed listed located logged

M

made magnified maintained managed matched maximized measured mediated met modified moderated monitored motivated moved

N

named navigated negotiated netted

O

observed obtained officiated opened operated ordered organized originated oriented overcame oversaw

P

paid participated patterned perceived perfected performed persuaded pioneered placed planned pooled possessed prepared presented processed procured produced programmed prohibited projected promoted proofed proposed proved provided published purchased pursued

Q

qualified questioned quickened

R

raised ranked rated ratified reached realized received recommended reconciled recorded recruited redesigned reduced reformed regenerated regulated rehabilitated related released remodeled removed rendered renovated reorganized repaired replaced replied reported represented rescued researched resolved responded restored restructured retrieved revamped reversed reviewed revised revitalized

S

saved scheduled scouted screened scrutinized secured selected separated served serviced set shaped shared shortened showed simplified smoothed sold solved sorted sought sparked spearheaded specified spoke stabilized staffed standardized started streamlined strengthened stressed stretched structured studied submitted substantiated substituted succeeded suggested summarized superseded supervised supported surveyed syndicated synthesized systematized

T

tackled targeted taught terminated tested took toured traced tracked traded trained transcribed transferred transformed translated transported traveled treated trimmed tripled turned tutored

U

umpired uncovered understood understudied unified unraveled updated upgraded upheld used utilized verbalized verified visited

V

validated verified

W

waged weighed welcomed widened won worked wrote

Additional eye-catching language

ability
capable capability capacity competence competent complete completely consistent contributions
demonstrated developing disciplined
educated efficient effective effectiveness enlarging equipped excellent exceptional expanding experienced
global
increasing
knowledgeable
major mature maturity
nationwide
outstanding
performance positive potential productive proficient profitable proven
qualified
record repeatedly resourceful responsible results
significant significantly sound specialist substantial substantially successful stable
thorough thoroughly
versatile vigorous
well-educated well-rounded worldwide

Source: Workopolis.com