Power Verbs for Resume Writing

In today’s article I am going to teach you about power verbs and why you should be using them on your resume. So this article is very, very good if you are looking for a job or even just looking to become a better Communicator. So, first of all what is a power verb?

What is a power verb?

Well, I have your two examples of a weak verb and a power verb.

Did  VS  Implemented

So “Did” is an example of a weak verb. These are the types of verbs that we don’t really want to see on your resume because they don’t sound strong. They make you sound like a weak candidate. Now, compare this to a word like “Implemented”. “Implemented” is considered a power verb. When we hear this word, it makes us think of the candidate or the person looking for the job as a stronger person. So on your resume you want to use power verbs.

So I will teach you a whole bunch of different Power verbs and we will go over many examples, but before I do that, I just wanted to give a couple of pieces of advice about when you write a resume:

  • Use power verbs
  • Understand how to  use it/when
  • No mistakes( spelling, grammar)
  • Be specific
  • Bullets
  • Variety
  • past/present tense

Now let’s look at some examples of power verbs and how to use them.

Did

Let’s look at the first set of power verbs. So we have here the word “did” or “do.” And again, this is a pretty weak verb to use on your resume. I would try to avoid it where possible. And instead, I would use a power verb. So I have here just some power verbs that can mean the same thing as “did”,although some of these have maybe additional meanings.

Implemented a new system to better serve customers.

Handles

Executed

Carried out

Processed

Facilitated

Conducted

Made

Okay, so we have another weak verb “made” or “make.” That many students might want to use on a resume. This is not a good verb to use on a resume. Instead we have a lot of different synonyms or things that means similar to “make” or are  very close in meaning that are power verbs and better to use.

Developed

Designed  (PPT presentations on best customer service practices)

Produced

Devised

Formulated

Established

Created

Fosterred

Help

Help is okay to use on a resume, but you know, again you want variety on your resume. so there are some power verbs that can really help you with this.

Assistant ( veterinarians in the care of animals)

Aided

Demonstrated

Provided

Led

Okay, next up we have “led”, So again “led” is also okay to use on a resume, but if you’re looking for variety and you want something more than just “led”, and “Led” is pretty much lead, it is the past tense of lead, so this is for anyone who is a leader in their place of work or a boss, or they have people who work for them. You can use these verbs.

Managed

Coordinated

Supervised

Oversaw ( the daily operations of a nuclear power plant.)

Spearheaded

Directed

Researched

So researched is a great word and there are a lot of power verbs that also are similar to research.

Analyzed ( trends and reported on opportunities for growth)

Diagnosed

Measured

Organized

For organized, a lot of the times on resumes we’re talking about how we organize something. Maintained  a database of over two thousand customers.

Arranged

Communicated

Collaborated (with other departments on special projects)

Reported

Highlighted

Got Results

Increased (gross sales by 4%)

Generated some new business for the company

Identified (new markets)

Strengthened  (the relationship between your store and another store )

Improved

Accomplished

Used

Operated forklifts following best safety practices.

What you what you should do is you should be very comfortable using these verbs before you put them on your resume. Because you don’t want to make a mistake, you don’t want to maybe have a confusion or be confused when it comes to the meaning of something, so it’s very important you make sure you know how to use these however before you put them on your resume. But again they’re very good on your resume. so II highly recommend you use these when you’re searching for a job.

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