A power verb is an action described with emphasis that creates greater impact to the reader. It can convert a relatively dull sounding phrase into an impressive one.
You would most likely agree that the statement “by implementing this system, we can accelerate our effort in obtaining the ISO certification” sounds much better than “by doing it, we can move faster towards getting the ISO certification.” Here, implementing, accelerate and obtaining are used in combination to replace doing, move faster and getting respectively, to create a punching and impact-generating statement.
The use of power verbs in your resume (with care and contextually right) can engage the readers, hook them up to read further, and improve the impression made to the prospective employers. After all, an employer has only that much time to glance through and decide the short listing call. Clever use of power verbs implies a good knowledge in articulating your roles, skills and achievements, and that you know how to distinguish yourself apart from others.
Following are some of the power verbs that you can use in your resume:
Formulate refers to an act of creating or planning something that can turn into workable solutions, e.g., mathematical algorithms, sales strategy, troubleshooting methods, solutions to issues, etc. Other than formulate, you can also use other similar power verbs such as conceptualize, devise and prepare (less impressive, but nevertheless still useful). Continue reading