Using Strong Verbs to Use in Application Documents
Are you feeling frustrated by choosing words for your resume, CV, or cover letter? One of the most important elements of a strong application is the verbs you use to describe your experiences and achievements in prior job positions, academic courses, and extra-curricular activities.
Verbs often lead bulleted items, and leading verbs are also called “power verbs.” Using strong verbs and varying them in your lists (i.e., not using the same verb multiple times in the same section) can portray your skills and abilities more effectively than using everyday terms.
For instance, instead of writing “Met with 100 clients per day,” you might consider writing “Consulted with 100 clients daily.” Using more powerful verbs conveys professionalism and ambition–after all, a CV, resume, or cover letter is all about selling yourself as the ideal candidate for a position.
When writing your application document, consider using these 100 useful words to create maximum impact with your future employer or university hiring committee.
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