More Resume Action Words To Boost Your Job Application

Summary: Powerful resume action words can invigorate your description of your accomplishments and skills. Here’s another set of active buzz words to power up your resume.

When you use language like this effectively, you can lay emphasis on the positive benefits you brought to your previous roles. This is a compelling technique to show the value you offer to a prospective employer and it can pep up an otherwise ‘vanilla’ recitation of job details.

Make sure when you use these that:

  • you take every opportunity to to give amounts, figures or data as evidence of what you achieved
  • you highlight those aspects of your experience that most closely match what the employer seems to be looking for
  • that your description of your work history is reliable and truthful — avoid the temptation to embroider on the facts!

If you’re still trying to figure out how to write a resume that will stand out from the dozens or hundreds of others that the recruiter may have to read, take a look at the language you use to describe your most important achievements.

Here are some ideas of resume words that can add value to your profile when properly used:

  • did you have financial responsibility or control? Some suggested verbs:

    audited
    budgeted
    calculated
    purchased

  • did you implement a system?

    administered
    catalogued
    compiled
    coordinated
    inventoried
    operated
    processed
    programmed
    scheduled
    systematized
    tracked

  • did you introduce something new?

    authored
    conceived
    developed
    established
    formulated
    initiated
    invented
    patented

  • did you exercise your judgment?

    appraised
    arbitrated
    estimated
    interpreted
    recommended
    reviewed
    screened

These are words that help you in other parts of your job application as well as when drafting a resume.

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