The Key? Action Verbs . . .
So many jobseekers fall into the trap of being “long winded” in their career communications and job applications. Remember, bullet lists, numbered lists and clearly written sentences usually beat the pants off of the dreaded paragraph that never ends!
For example: (Brace yourself!)…
I have spent the last seven years developing and executing a plan of action that included holding communication classes for new employees, making sure they are on board with the company’s policy, based on my ability to bring more clarity to management’s relationship with foreign partners and also helping middle and upper management get along better.
Such writing will land a resume right into the paper shredder. But this doesn’t have to be your resume.
YOU can rise above the job-hunting crowd by using this secret tool––action verbs.
Here are three examples of how to make it work for you.
1. Education and Training:
• Earned a Master of Business Communication from South Texas University.
• Served a one-year apprenticeship at Lawton Business Institute.
2. Specific Duties:
• Led communication classes for all new employees.
• Created a manual and training on business ethics and integrity.
3. Key Accomplishments:
• Created new marketing channels for our South American partner.
• Revitalized communication between upper and middle management.
Inspire the prospective employer to action––calling you for a job interview––by using the small but mighty tool of action verbs that shows what you’ve done in the past and what you can do now for his or her company.
Avoid long, wordy paragraphs filled with gobbledygook writing. Get right to the point––the point that shows what you’ve accomplished and what you’re capable of doing now.
Transform your resume by selecting words from this list of powerful action verbs:
Sit down today and create a brand new resume––one that inspires confidence, clarity, and a commitment to calling you for an interview that could lead to the job you’ve dreamed of.
Article by Jimmy Sweeney
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