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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Action Words for CV's and Cover Letters




We are often asked about action words.
It is usually the first item on the agenda when reviewing CV's.
Here is an A to Z of good action words to use.
Remember your CV is a proposition and a personal statement , so you should only
use words that you are comfortable using in your own speech.
Imported jargon sounds false and is a conversation killer!
Action words convey participation, involvement and accomplishment.
They produce a strong impact on the reader.
Use action words to make your CV and application more readable and distinctive.
More than anything else, they should make it more attractive and compelling for
an employer.

Here is a good sample.

Ability
Accompanied
Accelerated
Achieved
Acquired
Active
Administered
Advised
Ambition
Analysed
Appreciate
Approval
Aspired
Arranged
Assembled
Assisted
Budgeted
Built
Capable
Clarified
Commanded
Completed
Composed
Comprehensive
Conceived
Conducted
Confidence
Conscientious
Constructed
Controlled
Converted
Co-operated
Co-ordinated
Correlated
Created
Decided
Delegated
Demonstrated
Dependable
Designed
Detailed
Determined
Developed
Diversity
Devised
Discovered
Displayed
Directed
Distinctive
Doubled
Earned
Economy
Educated
Effected
Effective
Efficient
Eliminated
Enacted
Encouraged
Energy
Engineered
Enhanced
Enthusiasm
Evaluated
Exceeded
Excellence
Exceptional
Exclusive
Executed
Exhibited
Expanded
Expedite
Experience

Facilitated
Finalised
Financed
Formalised
Formed
Formulated
Founded
Generated
Governed
Graduated
Handled
Harmony
Headed
Helpful
Hired
Honest
Honour
Humour
Imagination
Implemented
Improved
Improvised
Increased
Induced
Influenced
Ingenuity
Integrity
Initiated
Innovated
Inspired
Installed
Instructed
Insured
Integrated
Intensified
Interpreted
Invented
Judgement
Justified
Lasting
Launched
Led
Licenced
Located
Loyal
Maintained
Managed
Manufactured
Marketed
Mastered
Mediated
Merit
Monitored
Motivated
Mutual
Negotiated
Nominated
Normalised
Notable
Obtained
Officiated
Operated
Opportunity
Ordered
Organised
Orientated
Originated
Overcame
Participated
Perceived
Perfected
Performed
Permanent

Piloted
Pinpointed
Pioneered
Placed
Planned
Played
Pleased
Popular
Practical
Praise
Prepared
Presided
Prestige
Procured
Produced
Proficient
Progress
Promoted
Prompted
Proposed
Proved
Provided
Punctual
Reasonable
Recognition
Recommend
Reconciled
Reduced
Regulated
Reinforced
Related
Reliable
Reorganised
Reported
Represented
Researched
Responsible
Revamped
Reviewed
Revised
Satisfied
Scheduled
Secured
Served
Serviced
Simplified
Sincerity
Solved
Sparked
Stability
Stimulated
Streamlined
Structured
Substantial
Succeeded
Success
Superior
Supervised
Supported
Taught
Thorough
Thoughtful
Tolerant
Trained
Transferred
Transformed
Understanding
Unified
Used
Utilised
Verified
Vital
Vivid
Wisdom
Won
Wrote

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