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Update Your Resume with Powerful Action Verbs

Most resume/CV bullet points start with the same tired, boring, and dry words that just lay flat on the page. Job seeking as an LGBTQ candidate there are many things to consider. You have to decide how OUT you want to be on your resume. Whether you are out as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer job-seeking candidate or not your resume should be full of powerful – no, fierce – rainbow-bright colorful verbs that make it stand out and get noticed showing off your amazing work and/or volunteer accomplishments.

Next time you update your resume, switch up a few of those run of the mill commonly used words and phrases with colorful, strong, compelling action verbs that will get you past the HR recruiter gatekeeper and wake up the hiring managers to give your resume their full attention.

No matter what duties you performed or accomplishment you slue, we’ve got just the verb for you. Check out the list below, and get ready to make your resume thrilling to read and make your phone vibrate with interview requests.

What other great resume/CV action verbs pack a punch? Add them in the comments below the article.

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You are a project leader

  • Chaired
  • Championed
  • Chaperoned
  • Controlled
  • Coordinated
  • Executed
  • Governed
  • Guided
  • Headed
  • Operated
  • Orchestrated
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Produced
  • Quarterbacked
  • Shepherd
  • Wrangled

You initiated a project

And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:

  • Administered
  • Built
  • Charted
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Founded
  • Engineered
  • Established
  • Formalized
  • Formed
  • Formulated
  • Implemented
  • Incorporated
  • Initiated
  • Instituted
  • Introduced
  • Launched
  • Pioneered
  • Spearheaded

You saved the company/organization time and/or money

You are a golden candidate.  Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a company/organization operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:

  • Conserved
  • Actualized
  • Consolidated
  • Decreased
  • Deducted
  • Diagnosed
  • Lessened
  • Reconciled
  • Reduced
  • Yielded

You increased efficiency, sales, revenue and/or customer satisfaction

Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider:

  • Accelerated
  • Achieved
  • Advanced
  • Amplified
  • Boosted
  • Capitalized
  • Delivered
  • Enhanced
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Furthered
  • Gained
  • Generated
  • Improved
  • Lifted
  • Maximized
  • Outpaced
  • Stimulated
  • Sustained

You were instrumental in change and improvements

So, you brought your department’s billing system out of the Stone Age and onto the internet of things? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words:

  • Centralized
  • Clarified
  • Converted
  • Customized
  • Influenced
  • Integrated
  • Merged
  • Modified
  • Overhauled
  • Redesigned
  • Refined
  • Refocused
  • Rehabilitated
  • Remodeled
  • Reorganized
  • Replaced
  • Restructured
  • Revamped
  • Revitalized
  • Simplified
  • Standardized
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Updated
  • Upgraded
  • Transformed

You manage a team

Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like:

  • Aligned
  • Cultivated
  • Directed
  • Enabled
  • Facilitated
  • Fostered
  • Guided
  • Hired
  • Inspired
  • Mentored
  • Mobilized
  • Motivated
  • Recruited
  • Regulated
  • Shaped
  • Supervised
  • Taught
  • Trained
  • Unified
  • United

You cultivated funding, business partners, and/or resources

Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try:

  • Acquired
  • Forged
  • Navigated
  • Negotiated
  • Partnered
  • Secured

You supported customers

Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:

  • Advised
  • Advocated
  • Arbitrated
  • Coached
  • Consulted
  • Educated
  • Fielded
  • Informed
  • Resolved

You were a research savant

Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words:

  • Analyzed
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Audited
  • Calculated
  • Discovered
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Explored
  • Forecasted
  • Identified
  • Interpreted
  • Investigated
  • Mapped
  • Measured
  • Qualified
  • Quantified
  • Surveyed
  • Tested
  • Tracked

You wrote and communicated

Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like:

  • Authored
  • Briefed
  • Campaigned
  • Co-authored
  • Composed
  • Conveyed
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Counseled
  • Critiqued
  • Defined
  • Documented
  • Edited
  • Illustrated
  • Lobbied
  • Persuaded
  • Promoted
  • Publicized
  • Reviewed

You oversaw and/or regulated

Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:

  • Authorized
  • Blocked
  • Delegated
  • Dispatched
  • Enforced
  • Ensured
About the author: Dennis Velco
An LGBTQ rights activist who focuses on the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur community. Enabling employer brands to thrive and demonstrate their support for their LGBTQ employees and the community.

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