Action verbs are important on your resume. Excuse me, what I meant to say was, ACTION WORDS ARE IMPORTANT ON YOUR RESUME! Very important. Action verbs are key to setting your sentence’s tone within your experience section. Most importantly, utilizing active action verbs even better highlights your ability to make an impact to the bottom-line. For example, instead of Created, use Creates.
My personal favorite action verbs are Drove, Headed, Accomplished, Chaired, Engineering, Orchestrated, Built, Launched, Founded, Pioneered, Accelerated, Sustained, Influenced, Transformed, Facilitated, Authored, Produced, Outperformed, Cultivated and Advocated.
My personal least favorite action verbs are Championed, Carried, Devised, Spearheaded, Lessened, Boosted, Amplified, Maintained, Taught, Fielded, Forecasted, Tested, Wrote, Attained and Showcased.
Contrary to what most people would think, your resume is not about you. It is not about who you are, but about how your skills, knowledge and experiences can help your potential employer. With that being the case, it has to be able to show and demonstrate how you have been an effective employer to your previous employers. In that sense, the ‘experience’ section of your resume is the part to which you need to focus since it is the best indicator to convince your potential employer that your performance in the past had been great.
One of the ways that you can improve your resume would be to leverage PAR (Problem, Action and Results) statements in your resume’s ‘experience’ section. PAR statements in your ‘experience’ section simply means that you have to write about what you have accomplished in your previous job and not simply what you have done before.
For example, instead of just writing, “Developed Programming Systems.” It should be, “Developed Programming Systems that helped the data storage and recovery easier and convenient.”
There is a complete distinction between the two and you have to make sure your resume is optimized like that. Here are ways you can effectively leverage PAR (Problem, Action, Results) statements in your resume. Take a look at this article and this article for more insights on what exactly a PAR statement really is and does.
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