Power Verbs and Their Importance

As you know that a resume is mostly a single page description of why the company should even consider you for a position at their firm. Also, thousands of applicants submit their resumes to the companies for selection. But, only a few are selected. Why?
It is because their resumes contain that X-factor which makes them stand apart from the crowd. One such element that you can also incorporate rather easily with some knowledge is Power verbs. These are nothing but action verbs that are used to describe your responsibilities, achievements or skills in a more simple yet eye-catchy way.


Why should we use power verbs:
There are a few very good reasons on which your selection might depend:
1. It will get you that attention that your resume demands when it reaches the hands of your recruiting manager. Yes, power verbs jump out of your resume and show that you have these skills and experience which again improves your chances of getting considered.
2. It will help you pass the ATS or the electronic filtering phase as companies have demands that only the best resumes reach the manager and rest which are common or flat rejected.
3. Power verbs are short. Yes, as your resume is just one page, you cannot waste space writing long sentences. Rather a good action verb does the charm.
4. Power verbs are precise. They convey a direct meaning and also look attractive in a sentence. It also makes it clear for the person reviewing that you have put an effort while formatting the resume.
5. They are less cliché. Action words when used properly make your resume stand out and set apart from the common flat masses of resumes. This definitely gives you an upper hand during the scanning process.
6. Maximizes impact minimizes junk space.


1. Action verbs: These words are basically the ways that you achieved success. They specify the ‘actions’ or the steps that you took to achieve your goals in previous jobs.
Examples: Designed, Supervised, etc.

2. Company values: Usually every company has a set of values upon which they operate. These are mentioned in their ‘About Us’ sections or job listings. Go through them and pick up power verbs that resonate with these values. These words will bring you a bit close to the company too.
Example: If a company describes itself as ‘innovative’, you can include words like ‘innovative’ in your resume.

3. Keywords: As the name suggests, these words convey about the skills you possess for the job. They can be used to replace lengthy boring sentences and make them attractive and more impactful. These words mainly depend on the type of job that you are applying to and they specify whether you are fit for the role or not. So, keep customizing them from time to time and stay updated.
Examples: Words like ‘analyzed’, ‘quantified’, ‘planned’ etc.
4. Jargon: These are Industry buzzwords. Every industry has a unique set of keywords which when incorporated in your resume gives a vibe that you have the required hard skills for the job. Use a tinge of these buzzwords in your resume and cover letter to show that you are a part of the industry.
Examples: ‘demonstrated’, ‘facilitated’ etc.

a. Do not be Repetitive with words.
b. Use power verbs in bullet points of job experience.
c. Use only those power verbs which you are comfortable with.
d. Do not exaggerate.
e. Be short and precise.
f. Research well before using any verb.
g. Choose a stronger verb always.
h. Proofreading is a must to check clarity.

Now, let us take look at some good power verbs:

Resume power words used to describe leadership roles include:
• Assert
• Delegate
• Direct
• Inform
• Update

Resume power words used to describe an achievement:
• Reach
• Succeed
• Win
• Surpass

Resume power words used to describe a communication process:
• Compose
• Develop
• Demonstrate
• Establish


Now that you are well acquainted with power verbs, get on with using them and experimenting. Best of luck.

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