Job seekers have been advised for a long time to emphasize action verbs/action words/power words in their job-search applications. Those action verbs/action words/power words associated with “what you did” are the keywords. In the vast majority of cases, they are nouns but they can be phrases too – like in examples below:
Achieved___% discount on purchases by ordering school supplies in bulk three times per year.
Appliedinformation systems guidelines to identifyredundancies and inconsistencies in data processing systems.
Assisted faculty with grade submissions to ensure timely posting of students’ grades.
Composed, edited and sentnewsletters to inform the community of school needs, projects, and progress.
CreatedExcelspreadsheets to summarizefinancial aid activity for Universityadministrators.
Designed and generatedreports to assist principal with school managementactivities: calendars, attendance, lunch verification, student progressreporting, purchase orders, inventory counts, and mailing databases.
Designed a standard input form to ensure consistent and completedata entry at each sales site.
Designedtemplates to automate the production of award letters and other common correspondence, reducinggeneration time by ___%.
Developed summary reports of order entries to identifyactivity patterns and sales trends.
Developed thorough guidelines for operating office equipment to reducerepair calls and streamlineusage.
Implemented thorough, regular security scans to track and address potential data risks.
Managed departmental meeting schedules to eliminateconflicts and ensure the availability of all necessary attendees.
Maximizedproductivity by maintaining multiple calendars, scheduling meetings, arranging travel, tracking expenses and prioritizinge-mail for directors. Maintainedoffice equipment and orderedsupplies.
Organized weeklong conferences, large department meetings and off-site team events.
Prepared weekly spreadsheetsmonitoringmore than ___ ongoing projects. Oversaw the status of projects by continually gathering information and following up with directors and staff.
Recommended consolidations resulted in a savings of $______.
Reduced average processing timeby ___% using standard protocols for order processing.
Updated dynamic organizational charts and headcount spreadsheets.