Verbs For Resume Keywords

We have established how important your resume is to your job search or career transition.  We have also established the combination resume as the type of resume that will have the most impact on the hiring managers and recruiters.  What else will impact the hiring manager or recruiter?

We know your resume will be scanned using keywords that match the job description.  Have you ever noticed the job description is loaded with information that tells you what skills are required to do well in the job?  Some of the skills required are called hard skills or things like “Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite applications or perhaps “Must have engineering background”.  The job description will also have soft skills required.  Soft skills are things like; flexible, quick learner, team player etc.  It is the soft skills that I would like to give you some action verbs that make your resume jump off the page and be much more interesting and informative to the reader.

While creating your summary on the combination resume, if you infuse verbs, the reader can clearly see actions rather than just a laundry list of jobs you have done in the past.  Verbs inspire the reader to see you in the position they are trying to fill.  Additionally, using verbs showing your accomplishments while listing things you have done for previous employers again demonstates action rather than a boring list of job duties. 

Here are a list of some of my favorite verbs:

  • Accelerate
  • Articulate
  • Brainstorm
  • Champion
  • Collaborate
  • Decipher
  • Demonstate
  • Encourage
  • Energize
  • Hypothesize

Think about using verbs while creating your resume.  As a former recruiter and hiring manager, I know I would have loved to read some interesting resumes as well as the boring ones most people submit when applying for a new job.

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