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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.
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.
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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