CV Power Words / Power Verbs


Power words / verbs are instrumental in the success of your CV. Ideally, you should aim to use some of these words at the beginning of bullet points. For example, we see many CVs with points such as “I was responsible for increasing sales through cold calling.” This would sound better with a power word starting the sentence, “Increased sales through cold calling”.

The use of action words / power verbs is essential in the promotion of your skills and experience.


The words you use will obviously depend upon your experience / industry so try not to just stuff your CV full of power words in the hope that this will look good. For example, a candidate applying for a managerial position will want to make use of words such as "oversaw, developed, improved and reduced", whereas someone looking for a more creative role will want to use words such as "designed, compiled and created".

Power verbs to accentuate organisational skills:

Arranged

Categorised

Collected

Compiled

Corrected

Distributed

Filed

Incorporated

Logged

Maintained

Monitored

Observed

Ordered

Organised

Prepared

Recorded

Registered

Reserved

Responded

Reviewed

Scheduled

Screened

Supplied

Updated

Power verbs used to highlight achievements:

Achieved

Built

Created

Developed

Established

Expanded

Founded

Identified

Implemented

Increased

Initiated

Instigated

Launched

Lead

Managed

Reduced

Solved

Streamlined

Other power verbs:

Administered

Advised

Analysed

Approved

Completed

Conducted

Controlled

Coordinated

Defined

Delivered

Demonstrated

Designed

Instructed

Introduced

Maintained

Negotiated

Oversaw

Performed

Planned

Presented

Supervised

Supported

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