Top 5 Action Words for Your Resume

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Top 5 Action Words for Your Resume

Did you ever find yourself struggling to write your resume? Would you like to know if there were words that could make the bullet points sound better.
If so, you might want to see the video or blog post below to find out Sara’s top five words and phrases for writing IT resumes.

It is difficult to write a resume. Let’s face it, it can be difficult to write a resume. Over 1200 clients have been my clients over the past decade. I can attest that it can be awkward for you to brag about your achievements. It can be difficult to articulate your skills and contributions on past projects without being too over- or under-selling.
Here are my top five words that I love to use in bullet points when writing resumes.
I prefer the word “resolved” to the word “fix”. The word resolved sounds more formal and requires more planning. It also conveys that the solution is permanent and not temporary.
Support is the second word I prefer to use for “upgrade” rather than “assistance”. Support feels more action-oriented than passive. It’s almost as if you wanted to help more than you were required.
The next word is strong. Collaborated is my favorite word. I would love to see this on more resumes. I want to know that people can work together and cross departments to achieve a greater goal.
The fourth one is about tapping into our advanced knowledge or skills. I want to say that I used my skills in a specific way. I prefer the term “leverage”. This phrase indicates to me that you are able to use your skills effectively and when to use them. It also shows how to grow and improve your skills.
My last suggestion involves communication. I see many resumes that state they have written a report or presented to a group. But I prefer to use a phrase such as presented to non-technical audience and translated highly technical information. This allows hiring managers to see that you can speak both languages, the hard it skills as well as the soft communication skills.