Resume Tips

Important information to include on your resume:

  • Specific products sold and who you sold the products to
  • Months and Years with each company
  • Achievements & sales rankings with each position
  • Contact info (phone, email, city/state of residence)
  • Use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.
  • Education (include year)
  • If you have less than two years with any company, please indicate reason for leaving

Things to avoid:

  • Fancy fonts and stylization – it takes away from the content
  • Using repetitive verbiage – try to use a thesaurus for different words and review resume word usage below

Overused Resume Words:

  • Perform
    Replace with: conduct, execute, operate, produce
  • Provide
    Replace with : contribute, extend, implement, produce, arrange
  • Identify
    Replace with : disclose, reveal, uncover, pinpoint
  • Develop
    Replace with : create, generate, institute, set up
  • Manage (or administer, lead, supervise, direct)
    Replace with : devise, produce, compose, create

Action Words To Use On Your Resume:

Your resume should be concise, descriptive and should be able to detail the scope of your responsibilities and achievements with fewer words. In order to achieve that and make your resume stand out, replace your passive voice verbs with action verbs. Below we have listed 40 action verbs to help you pack a punch into your resume.

  • administer
  • analyze
  • assign
  • build
  • collaborate
  • craft
  • communicate
  • compose
  • conceptualize
  • control
  • conduct
  • create
  • coordinate
  • cultivate
  • document
  • deliver
  • design
  • evaluate
  • enforce
  • expedite
  • forecast
  • facilitate
  • formulate
  • generate
  • integrate
  • initiate
  • investigate
  • mentor
  • maximize
  • originate
  • operate
  • produce
  • participate
  • recruit
  • research
  • resolve
  • set up
  • team
  • track
  • write

Verbs That Help Demonstrate Accomplishment:

Employers want candidates that are best suited for the job that needs to be filled. When preparing your resume make use of results-oriented verbs to convey a strong message that will outline your accomplishments. Here are a few examples:

  • achieved
  • attained
  • awarded
  • contributed
  • consolidated
  • customized
  • enhanced
  • exceeded
  • entrusted
  • founded
  • granted
  • improved
  • invited
  • introduced
  • launched
  • minimized
  • overhauled
  • presented
  • piloted
  • positioned
  • progressed
  • quadrupled
  • ranked
  • recognized
  • re-engineered
  • restored
  • restructured
  • resolved
  • revamped
  • revitalized
  • selected
  • streamlined
  • secured
  • transformed
  • vitalized

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