Power Pack Your Resume With These Verbs & Phrases

You wouldn’t slouch during an interview, would you? Passive language on your resume is verbal slouching. If you’re having trouble finding exactly the right words, below are some sample verbs and other strong words and phrases that will help:

When you’re the one who got the ball rolling on a new project or procedure:

pioneered
spearheaded
harnessed
(“Harnessed the contributions of crossfunctional team members into a collaborative and client focused powerhouse, boosting the number of accounts by 40% within just six months.”)
launched
originated / originated and developed
implemented
introduced
initiated
delivered
accelerated
forged
orchestrated
secured
drive
(“Managed both internal and external communications while driving multiple marketing projects to successfully raise the company’s profile and increase revenues.”)
recruit (“Recruited to create a new position and develop the entire [administrative / warehouse / operations / HR... ] infrastructure from the ground up.”)
transformed [$5 million of machinery and 10,000 square feet of space from a liability to a profitable asset by re-engineering production processes.]

Wen you were the one in charge:

managed
administered
directed
controlled
engineered
oversaw

When you want to describe your staff leadership responsibilities:

recruited
interviewed
hired
trained
supervised
mentored
motivated
implemented
[disciplinary and termination procedures]

When you were the one through whom it happened:

facilitated
expedited
conducted
performed
authorized
delivered
negotiated
represented
analyzed
prepared
transitioned
mediated
point-of-contact / lightning rod / liaison
(these aren’t verbs, but they serve the same purpose in suggesting an active role, as in “served as [or acted as] the lightning rod to employees, clientele, and the media throughout the process.”)

When you played a supportive but nonetheless important role:

assisted (weak)
supported (weak)
provided strategic support… (getting stronger…)
played a strategic role in…
played a key role in…
part of a team to…
part of a management team to…
part of an inter-disciplinary team to…
part of a multi-level (or cross-functional) team to…

instrumental (this isn’t a verb, but its use is similar in making a strong statement; as in: “instrumental in forging positive relationships with key clients, resulting in a 100% increase in sales revenues within just six months.”)

When you made a difference:

increased
decreased
built
saved
created / conceived
designed
sold / marketed
re-engineered
generated
ranked
[#1 in the district]
negotiated
accelerated
amplified
boosted
catapulted
challenged
choreographed
crafted

~ Anne Follis, Certified Professional Resume Writer

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