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Resume Tips

  • Use 11 or 12 font – no smaller! Don’t squeeze more content onto the page by reducing font below 11.
  • Margins of 1” on all sides is recommended
  • Stick to ONE PAGE unless you have 2 or more years of full-time work experience
  • Use bullet points  for the “Experience” section
  • Include verifiable facts – don’t exaggerate or be untruthful
  • Content should be clear, concise and convincing

Action Verb List for Resumes

Management Skills Research Skills Financial Skills Detail Skills
administered clarified administered approved
analyzed collected allocated arranged
assigned critiqued analyzed catalogued
attained diagnosed appraised classified
chaired evaluated audited collected
consolidated examined balanced compiled
contracted extracted budgeted dispatched
coordinated identified calculated executed
delegated inspected computed generated
developed interviewed developed implemented
directed investigated forecasted inspected
evaluated organized managed monitored
executed reviewed marketed operated
improved summarized planned organized
increased surveyed projected prepared
organized systematized researched processed
oversaw     purchased
planned Technical Skills Creative Skills recorded
prioritized assembled acted retrieved
produced built conceptualized screened
recommended calculated created specified
reviewed computed customized systematized
scheduled designed designed tabulated
strengthened devised developed validated
supervised engineered directed  
  fabricated established Additional Verbs for Accomplishments
Communication Skills maintained fashioned achieved
addressed operated founded expanded
arbitrated overhauled illustrated improved
arranged programmed initiated pioneered
authored remodeled instituted reduced (losses)
collaborated repaired integrated resolved (problems)
convinced solved introduced restored
developed upgraded invented spearheaded
directed   originated transformed
drafted Teaching Skills performed  
edited adapted planned  
enlisted advised revitalized  
formulated clarified shaped  
influenced coached    


Helping Skills  
lectured coordinated assessed  
mediated demystified assisted  
moderated developed clarified  
negotiated enabled coached  
persuaded encouraged counseled  
promoted evaluated demonstrated  
publicized explained diagnosed  
reconciled facilitated educated  
recruited guided expedited  
spoke informed facilitated  
translated instructed


wrote persuaded guided  
  set goals motivated  
  stimulated referred  
  trained rehabilitated