Action Phrases and Power Verbs

Describing your work experience isn't easy. To help you, there is a list of action phrases and power verbs. The purpose of using them is to show employers that you know how to get results. Begin your job descriptions with a power verb or phrase: enlisted the support..., formed a committee..., sold, budgeted, improved, increased, maintained the client relationship.

Examples of power verbs go as follows:

CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
Design, develop and deliver
Conduct needs analysis
Write course design documents
Manage development
Consult with clients
Facilitate problem-solving meetings
Implement solutions
Develop and implement formatting
Developed and delivered
Revamped product training
Assessed employee and client training needs
Analyzed evaluation data
Designed and implemented


EDUCATION EMPHASIS
Followed special task force
Assisted special task force
Proctored and scored
Facilitated discussion


SCANNABLE RESUME
Reduced manufacturing plant's burden
Reduced material costs


BLUE CHIP RESUME
managed an eleven-person team
negotiated over $(add dollar amount)
coordinated strategic five-year plan
created and implemented innovative approach
developed new product

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