Using these words will help you get your next job!

With so many people still out of work I am surprised by the number of resumes I receive that are poorly written. It seems to me that many have not taken the opportunity to review their resume and to do what is needed to improve it in order to get a better chance of receiving a call to interview. There is tremendous competition for each job available and your resume is just one more tool employers and recruiters use to screen you out. You might be the best security professional in the industry; however, if your resume does not properly reflect your accomplishments and achievements (or is too wordy) you will likely be eliminated without even knowing it.

When writing your resume, your goal is to present your skill set and accomplishments in the best light possible. One of the best ways to do this is by honing your job descriptions using powerful verbs. By reading this part of your resume, recruiters should be able to get a firm grasp on the work you’ve done as well as the work you are capable of completing for them. By choosing the right verbs, you can help the reader to visualize you at their job!

As a first step, go through your resume and look at the verbs you are using now. Don’t have any? Consider turning short phrases like “increased efficiency” into statements like “improved efficiency resulting in a $75,000 savings.” Or “manage staff” to “manage a staff of 5 direct reports and 110 indirect reports”. Are the verbs you are using descriptive? If not, use a thesaurus or brainstorm to find better word choices. Instead of “provide weekly reports to senior management team,” try “compiled and analyzed incident reports and presented recommendations to senior management staff.”

However, don’t overload or embellish your resume with action verbs. Instead, use them to highlight your biggest achievements and most valuable skills. Below is a list of some top action verbs that can help you start! Looking it over might even help you to remember other responsibilities that you have not already listed.

***The list above is abbreviated. If you would like a complete list of 100 descriptive verbs, feel free to email me at:

Grab your resume and see how many of these words (or similar ones) are on it. This should give you a pretty good idea if you need a major overhaul.

Good luck.
David Lammert

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