Why CV verbs are crucial
Companies want to hire achievers—employees who will not only do the job, but also go above and beyond job responsibilities and positively impact the company. Other than showing accomplishments, verb usage is a crucial element on a CV. The words you choose can mean the difference between looking like an average or mediocre applicant and a real go-getter.
So, if you want to look like an achiever, wherever possible, use an active voice.
Popular action CV verbs are:
The more specifically you can describe past experience, the better the verbs that pop out.
- “Acted as manager and monitored 30-member team.”
Could be instead:
- “Managed 30-member team by visiting work site and communicating with personnel about issues.”
- “Assisted with office duties.”
- “Handled clerical duties such as answering phone and entering client data into system.”
- “Mentored associates.”
- “Mentored associates by monitoring and evaluating work and holding individual assessment meetings.”
Details bring out the better verbs. Plus, mentoring, managing, and assisting at one enterprise may be quite different at another. Your specific description shows exactly what part you played at a position.
Avoid “did,” “assisted,” and “acted as.” Show off your skills and expertise by using action verbs that promote your candidacy. Prove to the hirer why you are the best candidate for the job.