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Why you shouldn’t say you “helped”

Why you shouldn’t say you “helped”

The average initial screening time for a candidate’s resume clocks in at just 7.4 seconds.  With such little time to make an impression, it’s imperative your work achievements leap off the page.

Using weak or passive verbs (think: assisted, utilized, contributed, held) can undermine the strength and effectiveness of your resume and cause an HR manager to toss your resume.


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Why you should use powerful action verbs

Verbs to use on your resume instead of ‘helped’ or ‘assisted’

Executed, overhauled, identified, produced, instituted, incorporated, achieved, delivered, partnered, spearheaded, analyzed, incorporated, completed, advocated, resolved, developed, launched, boosted, leveraged, chaired, enacted, established, outperformed, supervised, and pioneered.


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A note on verb tense

It’s also important to maintain a consistent verb tense throughout your resume.

Past tense is acceptable for all verbs, though you can describe your experience in a current job using present tense.

Be sure not to mix and match verb tenses within a single set of bullet points—all verb tenses should agree for any given role.


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