CV Power Words / Power Verbs


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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