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In Creating an Effective Resume, author Mariann Siegert provides step-by-step guidance on creating resumes that highlight accomplishments and specifically target a potential employer's needs. The course covers how to build a resume that encompasses action statements, keywords, styling, and effective content, while addressing common stumbling blocks such as handling employment gaps and career changes. Framing the resume as a vital component of a personalized marketing campaign, Mariann shows how to conduct employer research and utilize keyword optimization techniques to increase a resume's potential of being found by employers and recruiters on resume banks and job sites. Also included are tips on writing cover letters and thank-you notes. Exercise files accompany the course.
Action verbs. What are they, and how can you use them to help you create a verbally animated resume that captures the attention of the employer? To better understand how you can use them, let's take a look at this example. Use action verbs in your resume. It's to the point, but it's a bit boring. Now, let's take a look at a sentence that says the same thing but uses different action verbs. Electrify and charge your resume by integrating action verbs.
As you can see, you can add excitement by using action verbs to make an otherwise dull sentence come to life and jump off the page. It's the same for your resume. Finding and incorporating the right action verbs will add a sense of energy and excitement to a dry and dreary page. Since you are being hired by the employer to do something, you need to put action verbs to work in your resume to really make it come alive. Action verbs can be your helping hand by highlighting what you've done.
In order to find the best action verbs to incorporate into your resume, begin by scanning the description of your target job. Or if you don't yet have a particular job in mind and are creating your original, or your main resume to post on job boards, jump online and find postings that match your interest. Let me show you how to do this. I'm on monster.com and I am going to go in and look for a position as a senior field service engineer, and let's say that my location in the United States here is in Pittsburgh PA, and I am going to click on Search.
Now, let's say that I'm very interested in the Senior Field Service and Commissioning Engineer. So, I am just going to click on it, open it up. I look through it and decide, yeah, I really like this position. I am going to copy the information from the job description, and I am going to paste it into Word. Now, what we want to do is start looking for action verbs.
So, performing you can see is here, performs, performs. We have another performs down here. So, they really like the word perform, so that's something I probably want to use in my resume. So, I'm going to highlight it with my highlighter tool. You can delete the words around it. You can copy and paste it into a different document, whatever you like to do best. I am just going to continue highlighting them. So, we have performs. We also have troubleshooting. We have determining, implementing.
Let's see. What else do they have here? Developing. Promoting again, they used that more than once as well. Providing. So, you would continue going through your document, and there is probably some more down here that we can grab, ability to prioritizing. That's enough. I think you get the idea. Next, you may want to copy and paste information from the job description that fits your transferable skills and experience.
So, I am going to rewrite this sentence to match my own using their action verbs. So, I am just going to copy this and paste it into another document, so I can work with it a little bit better, and just clean it up a little bit. Next, what I want to do is rewrite this sentence using the action verbs. Make sure that you don't use word-for- word, and be sure to include your skills to match the employer's needs. For example, I am going to use the sentence, "Diagnosing and troubleshooting problems, determining solutions, and taking action to resolve the issues onsite." Then I can simply take my sentence, copy it once again, and paste it into my resume.
And there we go. Employers seek action-oriented people. Action verbs set your achievements and accomplishments in motion. By fully exploiting the power of action verbs, you can make your experience jump off the page and convey a sense of energy. Using action verbs enables you to grab the employer's interest and attention and places the emphasis on what you can do for them.
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