The importance of measurable results in your accomplishment statements has already been addressed. Think of the statements as flags waving at the top of a fortress. But you need a foundation for each statement – the word that starts each phrase.
Look over the following lists of suggested verbs, and use them in your resume. The opening word of each accomplishment statement captures the reader’s attention and encourages the eye to move along toward the critically important dollar or percentage figure that illustrates the job hunter’s potential worth to the employer.
Action verbs that address your planning skills include:
Action Verbs that address your skills in directing employees include:
Action verbs that suggest that you have skills in assuming responsibility include:
Action verbs that embody an ability to provide effective service include:
Interactive skills with people are suggested by the use of these action verbs in your accomplishment statements:
Investigative skills emerge with the use of these action verbs:
Acknowledgements and Resources
The 1986 What Color is Your Parachute?
by Richard Nelson Bolles
Job Search The Total System
by Kenneth M. Dawson and Sheryl N. Dawson
The 40+ Job Hunting Guide
by E. Patricia Birsner
by Dorothy Leeds
How to Survive and Market Yourself in Management
by Andrew Pleninger
The Professional Job Changing System
by Robert J. Jameson