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Power Writing

A resume is a summary of academic or work history or experience, not a litany of irrelevancy. Let’s make sure we all are in agreement on that right now. Good.

Given that understanding, powerful resumes are written with impact in the least amount of words. Power words, or… action verbs makes clear the value of the candidate without confusion or obfuscation. Stop! Make sure you never use that word in your resume.

Examples of Power Statements with action words beginning with the first headings found at or near the top of the resume’s firsts page:

PROFILE STATEMENT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

These headings are often confused with or in lieu of an OBJECTIVE heading. The Objective Heading is seldom used anymore since the Job/Title makes it pretty clear what you are applying for. The weepy statements in the Objective Heading became so repeated and overfamiliar through overuse that they became outdated and replaced by a Profile Statement or something similar.

These sections normally are written from about the 10,000 ft. level. Meaning not too detailed, broad in scope very relevant to the job description. Good statements might contain selected comments/ideas of what your business references might say about you.

Examples:

“Proven sales professional who knows how to increase revenue and expand market share.” A recognized top performer in solution sales.”

“Human-capital executive with 10 years of human resource experience, an innovator with a strong history of engineering employee benefits. A revolutionary training and development star.”

Next heading might be one of the following:

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possess a creative eye for new-business development.
  • Create client rapport using strong prospecting and follow-up techniques.

SUMMARY OF SKILLS

SUMMARY OF CORE COMPETENCIES

SUMMARY OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Expert in hardware installation, testing, and routing switch platforms.
  • Network design, IP and data routing technology

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (What is the word “Key” short for in this heading? Yes….Summary!)

  • Increased gross margins from 32% to 41% in 2nd quarter,
  • Captured $318k additional new profit in service offerings.
  • Built sales department from $2.6 million to over $4.2 million in15 months.
  • Reduced insurance costs by reducing injury incidents by 14%.

Nothing says who you are more than clearly defined career achievements.

ACTIVE WORDS TO WRITE POWERFUL RESUMES

Management skills Communication skills Technical/Analytical
  • administer
  • analyze
  • approve
  • arrange
  • assign
  • attain
  • chair
  • classify
  • collect
  • compile
  • consolidate
  • contract
  • coordinate
  • delegate
  • develop
  • direct
  • evaluate
  • execute
  • generate
  • implement
  • improve
  • increase
  • inspect
  • monitor
  • operate
  • organize
  • oversee
  • plan
  • prepare
  • prioritize
  • process
  • produce
  • purchase
  • recommend
  • record
  • retrieve
  • review
  • schedule
  • specify
  • strengthen
  • supervise
  • systematize
  • address
  • arrange
  • assess
  • assist
  • author
  • clarify
  • coach
  • correspond
  • counsel
  • demonstrate
  • develop
  • diagnose
  • direct
  • draft
  • edit
  • educate
  • enlist
  • expedite
  • facilitate
  • familiarize
  • formulate
  • guide
  • influence
  • interpret
  • lecture
  • mediate
  • moderate
  • motivate
  • negotiate
  • persuade
  • promote
  • publicize
  • reconcile
  • recruit
  • referr
  • rehabilitate

  • assemble
  • build
  • calculate
  • clarify
  • collect
  • compute
  • critique
  • design
  • devise
  • diagnose
  • engineer
  • evaluate
  • examine
  • extract
  • fabricate
  • identify
  • inspect
  • interpret
  • interview
  • investigate
  • maintain
  • operate
  • organize
  • overhaul
  • program
  • remodel
  • repair
  • review
  • solve
  • summarize
  • survey
  • systematize
  • train
  • upgrade