CV Power Words

CV Power Words – How to write a successful CV Part 4

Power words and verbs are key the success of your CV. You should aim to use some of these words at the beginning of bullet points.



For example, many CVs have points such as “I was responsible for increasing turnover through restructuring ranging .” This would sound better with a power word starting the sentence, “Increased turnover through restructured ranging”.

The following is a list of the power words you should use in your CV.

A
Absorbed, Accelerated, Accomplished, Achieved, Acquired, Acted, Adapted, Added, Adjusted, Administered, Advanced, Advertised, Advised, Aided, Allocated, Announced, Amended, Analysed, Anticipated, Appointed, Appraised, Approved, Arranged, Ascertained, Assembled, Assigned, Assessed, Assisted, Attained ,Attracted, Authorised
 

B

Balanced, Bargained, Bolstered, Boosted, Broadened, Budgeted, Built
 

C

Calculated, Capitalised, Captured, Catalogued, Centralised, Chaired, Changed, Closed, Collaborated, Collected, Combined, Commissioned, Communicated, Comply, Compared, Compiled, Completed, Composed, Conceived, Conceptualised, Condensed, Conducted, Consolidated, Constructed, Consulted, Contracted, Contributed, Controlled, Converted, Convinced, Coordinated, Corrected, Created, Cultivated
 

D

Decided, Decreased, Deferred, Defined, Delegated, Delivered, Demonstrated, Designated, Designed, Developed, Devised, Directed, Discovered, Displayed, Distinguished, Distributed, Diversified, Documented, Doubled
 

E

Earned, Edited, Efficient, Eliminated, Enabled, Encouraged, Enforced, Engaged, Enriched, Engineered, Enhanced, Enlarged, Established, Evaluated, Examined, Exceeded, Excelled, Excellent, Executed, Exercised, Expanded, Expertise, Extended, Extracted
 

F

Facilitated, Financed, Focused, Forecasted, Formed, Formulated, Founded, Fulfilled
 

G

Gained, Gathered, Generated, Global, Granted, Guided
 

H

Handled, Headed, Helped, Hosted
 

I

Identified, Illustrated, Implemented, Improved, Improvised, Increased, Influenced, Initiated, Innovated, Inspired, Instigated, Integrated, Interfaced, Introduced, Invented, Invested, Investigated
 

J

Joined, Judged, Justified
 

L

Launched, Lead, Lightened, Listened ,Localised, Located, Logged
 

M

Maintained, Managed, Marketed, Maximised, Measured, Mentored, Merchandised, Merged, Met, Minimised, Modified, Monitored, Motivated, Multiplied
 

N

Named, Negotiated
 

O

Observed, Obtained, Offered, Opened, Operated, Ordered, Organised, Overhauled, Oversaw
 

P

Participated, Performed, Persuaded, Pinpointed, Pioneered, Placed, Planned, Prepared, Presented, Prevented, Prioritised, Processed, Produced, Programmed, Projected, Promoted, Proposed, Proven, Provided, Published, Pursued
 

Q

Quantified, Quoted
 

R

Raised, Reacted, Received, Recommended, Reconciled, Recorded, Recovered, Recruited, Rectified, Redesigned, Reduced, Refined, Reinstated, Rejected, Renegotiated, Reorganised, Replaced, Repaired, Reported, Resolved, Responded, Restored, Restructured, Resulted, Retained, Revamp, Revealed, Reversed, Reviewed, Revised
 

S

Saved, Scheduled, Screened, Secured, Segmented, Selected, Separated, Shaped, Shortened, Simplified, Skilled, Sold, Solved, Spearheaded, Specified, Speculated, Stabilised, Staffed, Standardised, Stimulated, Streamlined, Strengthened, Strong, Structured, Successfully, Suggested, Supervised, Supported, Sustained
 

T

Tailored, Targeted, Taught, Tested, Trained, Transformed, Translated, Tripled, Triumphed, Troubleshoot, Tutored
 

U

Uncovered, Undertook, Unified, United, Updated, Upgraded, Used, Utilised
 

V

Validated, Valued, Verified, Viewed, Visited
 

W

Widened, Witnessed, Won, Worked, Worldwide, Wrote
 


Comments

CV Power Words — 169 Comments

  1. thank you so much for educating me, I have learn hw to apply power words. Please I need a CV format can you send me one. Iam a computer scientist

  2. your cv writing tips has been of great importance to me, have applied all the skills in writing and submitted for an opportunity which was advertised in my company , i was called for an interview now awaiting results.
    Thanks a lot!
    Thank you very much for the power words,will you please send me a sample of CV and covering letter i am a commercial truck driver
    Thank you in advance

  3. I am sorry i needed to know if there is no Power Words and not Key Words for the letters K, X, Y and Z?

  4. your cv writting tips has been of great importance to me, have applied all the skills in writting and submitted for an opportunity which was advertised in my company , i was called for an intervew now awaiting results.
    Thanks alot!

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