One simple trick to help your CV stand out | Viewpoint – careers advice blog
“Action verbs in action
So next time you update your CV, consider using some of these verbs to bring your successes front and centre. For example, instead of writing that you managed a team, try verbs such as â€˜directedâ€™, â€˜guidedâ€™, â€˜motivatedâ€™, â€˜recruitedâ€™ or â€˜unitedâ€™. I.e. â€˜I united and motivated a team of five underperformers. After one year our customer service scores had increased 55%.â€™
Rather than stating you have strong communication skills, use verbs like â€˜wroteâ€™, â€˜publishedâ€™, â€˜editedâ€™ or â€˜swayedâ€™.
As opposed to writing that you have good organisation skills, try â€˜facilitatedâ€™, â€˜programmedâ€™, â€˜coordinatedâ€™, â€˜allocatedâ€™ or â€˜arrangedâ€™.
And rather than writing that you always achieved your target goals, try â€˜reachedâ€™, â€˜surpassedâ€™ or â€˜accomplishedâ€™.
Hereâ€™s are some action words to help you bring your achievements to life on your CV:
Examples of action verbs
Demonstrate your creativity: built, crafted, devised, implemented, pioneered, initiated, established
Demonstrate your efficiency: enhanced, advanced, capitalised, maximised, leveraged, improved
Demonstrate your leadership skills: headed, coordinated, executed, managed, operated, organised
Demonstrate improvements made: refined, remodelled, strengthened, upgraded, transformed
Demonstrate your management skills: guided, fostered, motivated, recruited, enabled, united
Demonstrate bottom line contributions: reduced, decreased, consolidated, saved, yielded, increased
Demonstrate overall achievements: awarded, exceeded, outperformed, surpassed, earned, granted”