Can Action Verbs Help Your Resume?


Responsible for…

In control of…

Had to manage…

Was the leader of…

Are these the words you are using to describe experience on your resume?  If so, it is time to revamp your resume! These are the words hiring managers read over and over as they sift through the pile of applications on their desk. They are so overused, they have lost their meaning and do very little to show off your important accomplishments.

Switching common words to compelling, positive action verbs in your resume can give it additional impact and make a stronger impression on the hiring manager.

A great place to start is looking at the qualifications in the job description for the position you’re applying to.  For example, take a look at the below job description for a Manufacturing Operations Manager:

  • Optimizing OEEs and efficient manufacturing processes to increase manufacturing capacities within a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.
  • Managing manufacturing and production staff across 4 shifts in a 24/7 production environment.
  • Leading Engineering staff driving continuous improvement processes utilizing Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, 5S, Kanban, Poka-yoke, and Kaizen techniques.

To tailor your resume to what the hiring manager is looking for you would want to describe your previous accomplishments with action verbs relating to optimizing processes, managing production staff, and leading engineering staff.

Use the exciting verbs from the list below to replace common words or phrases and outshine the competition.

If you envisioned a project:

  • Designed
  • Administered
  • Devised
  • Formalized
  • Pioneered

If you helped increase sales or revenue:

  • Boosted
  • Capitalized
  • Expanded
  • Maximized
  • Lifted

If you led a project:

  • Chaired
  • Chartered
  • Orchestrated
  • Headed
  • Oversaw

If you increased efficiency:

  • Conserved
  • Reconciled
  • Decreased
  • Lessened
  • Yielded

If you led research:

  • Assessed
  • Calculated
  • Examined
  • Forecasted
  • Surveyed

Action words such as these will show employers that you are a positive, motivated person. Additionally, they will increase the likelihood that your resume lands on a recruiter’s desk if they are using keyword software.   Just be careful not to overuse industry buzzwords.

Put your newly revised resume to the test by applying for one of these exciting jobs from RealStreet Staffing.  RealStreet Staffing matches executive level construction professionals with career opportunities in the architectural, construction and engineering communities. Contact us today, and you will be starting a new career in no time!

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