Lights, camera… action words

lightIt’s critical to use action words – or verbs – to bring your resume to life for a potential employer, who wants to get an idea of what tasks you took on in a previous role. Rather than just listing job duties, use concise and descriptive action words to help shine a spotlight on what you did in a job, and how you contributed to the results you (or, you and a team) achieved. This is can help set your resume apart.

Below is an example of how using action words can let your experience shine. This example focuses on the typical tasks that are part of a media relations campaign, which is often an important part of many public relations programs.

Before: Listing job duties

  1. Media calls
  2. Media interviews with spokespeople
  3. Media monitoring

After: Results-focused statement, which includes action words

  • Fostered relationships with key media contacts; secured eight top-tier media interviews with company spokespeople; generated over 10 million media impressions, which surpassed the program goal by 2 million

Need a list of action words to get you started? Start with this helpful list of verbs from the University of Toronto’s Career Centre, which is organized by skill category. Pick the right verbs to illustrate your experience in the different areas of your role.

Can you think of any other verbs that aren’t included in this list? Share in the comments.

Image credits: Pixabay.com.

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