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
- past/present tense
Now let’s look at some examples of power verbs and how to use them.
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.
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.
Designed (PPT presentations on best customer service practices)
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)
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.
Oversaw ( the daily operations of a nuclear power plant.)
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)
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.
Collaborated (with other departments on special projects)
Increased (gross sales by 4%)
Generated some new business for the company
Identified (new markets)
Strengthened (the relationship between your store and another store )
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.