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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


Gained, Gathered, Generated, Global, Granted, Guided


Handled, Headed, Helped, Hosted


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


Joined, Judged, Justified


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


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


Named, Negotiated


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


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


Quantified, Quoted


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


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


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


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


Validated, Valued, Verified, Viewed, Visited


Widened, Witnessed, Won, Worked, Worldwide, Wrote


CV Power Words — 320 Comments

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  4. I hope this course would help all its student from around the world to come together and work together for a good and peaceful world.
    I would like to make a humble request and to the Admin and back up the idea of distributing certificates to students.

    Thank you and Best Regards,

  5. Indeed powerful words..! One would think they’re common words..!..but to choose to use them is to master the subject-matter! ..for they make a good impression on managers who make choice of candidates who apply for consideration..and to choose to appy them in an interview is an added point towards the success of the candidate. Let’s master to apply them to prove to our bosses that we are professionals…to merit positions of responsibility. Emilius.

  6. I can see am on the right track. I am seriously studying and preparing different format hope to receive a certificate.

  7. Hello,

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  8. I have been preparing CV but the lesson I got from you is quite overwhelming. I suggested that certificates be awarded as proof for going through this program. Thank you. SAMUEL KENDAY AMARA.

  9. Positive insight that are far beyond ordinary thinking could be. With honour most respectfully I am glad to learned new things in CV writing . Let me assure you that I will continue with this program to the end by God’s Grace .Thanks Francis.

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  10. This powerwords is importanet how to design good CV.
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