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Top Action Verbs to make your CV stand out

Top Action Verbs to make your CV stand out! 


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When writing your CV it is good to mix up the words you use and avoid using weak or passive verbs. Also stay away from business jargon or clichés and watch out for tired words or phases. Getting these wrong can undermine the strength and effectiveness of your CV. Instead you can use your CV to make a point by using powerful action verbs. Getting the right words can bring a confident tone to your CV and list of accomplishments. 

Lacks strength and clarity: “Held weekly meeting with team” 

Empowered and detailed: “Initiated weekly status meetings to communicate key growth targets” 

Combining your election of action verbs with your results show both what you did and the effect it had. 

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Words for strong work ethic: 

  • Achieve 
  • Established
  • Sharpened
  • Steered
  • Surpassed

Words for Duties include, responsible for, served as: 

  • Built
  • Analysed
  • Founded
  • Delivered
  • Finalised
  • Guided
  • Improved
  • Reached
  • Simplified

Words to show communication skills: 

  • Collaborated
  • Instructed
  • Presented
  • Trained

Words for Creative roles: 

  • Briefed
  • Curated
  • Designed
  • Edited
  • Imagined
  • Published
  • Researched
  • Visualised

Words for sales jobs: 

  • Captured
  • Converted
  • Maximised
  • Negotiated

Words for technical positions: 

  • Automated
  • Deployed
  • Discovered
  • Launched
  • Planned
  • Tested 

If you need any CV advice, interview tips or employment help our resources page has tips and articles to help you with your job searching. 

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