A list of "Power Verbs" to choose from for your CV and Covering Letter
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
When screening the response to a job advertisement, the decision for a recruiter to shortlist a candidate is usually based on an overall first impression of the covering letter and CV, followed by a quick screening of qualifications, work experience and achievements.
It's important to grab the attention of the reader and "stand out" from the crowd of other applicants, increasing your chances of being shortlisted for an interview. But, describing your work experience and achievements isn't easy, especially for those not inclined to think naturally in a marketing-oriented way.
Your CV is essentially an advertisement of a product, i.e. you. As marketers and copywriters use "power verbs" in advertising to generate interest in a product, the same should be done by the jobseeker to generate interest in their application. Whilst there are other aspects of CV writing that should also be considered, here is a list of almost 500 "power verbs" that can be used, when describing your experience and achievements:
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