Super Action Verbs

Great Verbs to Put on Your Resume to Replace “Responsible for” and Other Tired Phrases

The blockbuster movie season is right around the corner! Before lining up for those midnight showings, imagine for a moment if some of your favorite action-packed stories were written like some resumes:Super Action Verbs

Spiderman

  • Experienced with web development
  • Responsible for great power, great responsibility

Nick Fury

  • Organized Avengers team comprised of multiple super personalities
  • Communicated S.H.I.E.L.D. objectives

Employers are just like movie audiences; they respond to action and achievements more than predictable, generic phrasing. Here are some action-packed verbs to consider using when mundane phrases threaten to sabotage your resume:

“Responsible for”

Translation: These are the things I had to do. Rather than focusing on listing your job description responsibilities, try plugging in a few action verbs that better illustrate your unique achievements:

Created

Produced

Designed

“Assisted/Helped”

Do you want to be a Batman or a Robin? Everyone needs a trusty sidekick from time to time, but your resume should be a showcase for your own heroic accomplishments. Pick verbs that demonstrate your specific value, instead of selling yourself short:

Advocated

Reviewed

Negotiated

“Communicated”

Human beings cannot help but communicate; in fact, we do it constantly! The key here is to use detailed terminology that will highlight exactly how and what you communicated in your previous roles:

Documented

Illustrated

Publicized

Spiderman isn’t “experienced” with webs, he “slings” them. Nick Fury doesn’t just “organize” the Avengers, he “leads” them to victory. Don’t let boring phrases be your kryptonite – save your resume with action verbs today!