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:
Actively engaged in company audits; audits included substantive testing of fixed assets, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other major expense categories.
Analyzedfinancial statements and preparedcorporate, estate, partnership, and individual tax returns.
Analyzed product line profitability and service delivery methods for invoice least cost routing for over ___ carriers in ___ countries.
Assessed office efficiency and streamlinedduties to increaseproductivity and profit margin.
Assigned additional responsibility for cost accounting and researching/correctingerrors at month‐end due to significant time saved through improved efficiencies.
Assumed a broad range of responsibilities, surpassingexpectations for the type of work usually produced by short‐term contractemployees.
Assumed complete management of a $___ annual supplieraccountaveraging ___ separate invoices monthly. Exposed processing errors and ensured complete accuracy for on‐time billing.
Authoredbusiness plan and developed and implemented a system of key‐performer indicators.
Boosted team productivity by approximately __%.Encouraging high morale, coached new software programs and maintained a resolution‐oriented group.
Builtprofitabilityfinancial model based on ___ different cost structures for several companies in varying overseas locations. Model increased top-line revenue by ___% annually.
Championed a new system of work priorities that placedemphasis on the immediate and error‐free reconciliation of invoices and expenses. The idea quickly eliminatedreconciliation backlogs, leading to quicker identification of errors.
Championedefforts involving group medical and dental insurance, office equipment leases and other administrative work.
Conceived, launched, and solidifiedchanges to the company’s existing job costing reporting model to refineprofit recognition for each construction project.
Consistently ranked among the top of ___ reps for fast, efficient service.
Convincingly argued for the adoption of yield management principles in generatingincome and increasingincentives. Emphasized the concept, realized immediate increases in the sales of high‐income‐generating carriers, and substantially raisedincentives.
Coordinated___ major projects over $___ each related to incidents and insurance claims. Maintained separate sets of books, including claim reconciliation, and insured all engineers followed regulations on rebuild.
Coordinated and structuredcorporate accounting and financialdepartments, including staffing, training, technology and procedures.
Created and presented monthly/quarterly expenseanalysisspreadsheets to informmanagement of opportunities to decrease expenses.
Created approximately __spreadsheets used by management for expense analysis that reducedproject time by at least ___ hours each week.
Createdprocedures to ensure no overage or shortage in sales.
Cultivated vendor relationships and negotiated new contracts, which ledto ___% volume discounts on office supplies.
Demonstrated team spirit by sharing insights, independent research, and knowledge with colleagues in need of assistance with calculations, methodology, spreadsheet automation and more.
Designed and negotiated comprehensive employee benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, and long‐term disability, to realize significant cost savings.
Designed daily cash flow report summarizing inflows and outflows to numerous bank accountsresulting in __%savings in the cost of funds.
Designedan Excelspreadsheet that integrated with the legacy BusinessCraftsystem, identifying negative cash flow scenarios, income and expenditure details, closingbank balances, and borrowings.
Developed and reviewedfinancial reports for management.
Developed internal cost‐reductioncontrols including overtime compliance, expense management, accurate billing, and capitalexpenditures.
Devised a regular suppliers‐contact schedule, setdeadlines for statement and invoicereceipts delivery, and investigated archived invoices to settle long‐term supplier disputes.
Devised and implemented significant cost‐reduction, revenueincrease and cash flowimprovement measures throughout a professional career by restructuringstaff responsibilities, upgradingtechnology or evaluatingpurchasing and salesprocedures and improvingreporting systems.
Earned reputation for refined ability to attract and maintain solid client relations.
Eliminated non‐profitable jobs by implementing a cost history database used in ensuringconsistency in price quotes and use of personnel resources.
Encouragedclients to adopt computerized accounting systems in favour of flawed manual processing that exposed them to the risk of financial penalty due to compromised recording of data.
Enhancedcash flowby ___%, and reduced past due invoices, corporate savings through improved department operations and implementation of client credit checks.
Ensured the highest client satisfaction and retention rates by quickly resolvingbilling and service issues.
Established a highly productive and motivated team through responsible task delegation, ongoing encouragement, and active collaboration between staff and management during quarterly performanceappraisals.
Established a routine customer follow‐up system to encourage regular on‐time payments and assure continued cash flows. Achieved increased payment frequency from___% of accounts.
Established an integrated billing system, which allowed the company to provide uniform billing to overseas customers, reduced line, and billing inaccuracies.
Facilitated$___ millioncost cut by compiling categorized data of cost reduction options.
Formulated and graphed monthly and quarterly sales analysisspreadsheets to re‐focus sales activity and achievea ___% gain insales.
Generated monthly invoices for the demanding delivery department.
Generatedrevenueincrease of ___% due to the regional promotion of tax planning.
Identified$___ in obsolete/retired assets during a $___fixed asset cleanup currently in progress. Identified interdepartmental communication deficiencies and re-engineeringprocesses to improve information flow between the sales force and financial departments.
Improved departmental and executive reporting turnaround time and accuracy through upgrading and streamliningstaffresponsibilities and resources.
Improvedefficienciesby ___% to ___% by creating a month‐end reportspreadsheet, which reducedproject time.
Improvedturnaround time on receivables by streamlining staff responsibilities, performing detailed credit checks, implementingcredit limits and closely followprogress.
Instrumentalin researching and negotiating health and dental benefits, insurance and other employee benefits.
Introducedclients to the efficiency and accuracy of computerized programs and sharedexpertise in the installation, configuration and maintenance of software.
Involved the entire salesprocess, from cold calling and qualifying to close and account management. Openedover ___accounts. Ranked in top ___ % of reps for sales calls made.
Launched a series of formal meetings with sales department members to counteract the decline in information flows prompted through an “us and them” mindset. Meetings reviewedsales performances via an agency performance analysis report that illustrated successes and highlighted areas in need of improvement and discussion.
Managed financial book-work including all bank reconciliations, cash flow statements, and projected budgets.
Maximized interdepartmental relationships, restoringcommunication lines, and forging solid partnerships between the sales force, accounts staff and senior management.
Mediated/negotiated special payment terms, restored customer confidence, and preserved strong alliances.
Negotiated effectively with vendors to delay payments to ___+ days, as needed. Successfully retained___% of ___vendors while maximizing cashreserves.
Overcame existing system deficiencies in cash flow forecasting by developing a tool for management to capture accurate information on cash holdings that would aid future decision‐making.
Oversawprocurement, allocation, distribution control, stock levels, and cost compilation/analysis.
Penetratedaccounts by educating and up‐selling clients on new products.
Performedwaterfall and cash flowmodelling of loans to informmanagement of trends.
Played a key role in analyzingfinancial statements, tax returns, and credit reports for clients.
Played a key role in developing and introducing new corporate policies and procedures that increasedproductivity levels and improved internal controls involving accounting, inventory control, customer service, warranty service, and shipping/receiving.
Produced___% manufacturing cost savings as the project leader for the outsourcing of machining and assembly operation.
Provided an exceptional level of support concerning banking initiatives, which enabledmanagement to make sound business decisions.
Receivedrecognition from the company president for outstanding performance and attention to detail.
Reconciled and distributedpayment to multiple vendors.
Regularly take on added responsibilities involving spreadsheet management and other duties.
Secured additional working capital at below-market interest rates by preparing specific revenue projections and keepinglending institutions advised of any changes.
Slashedprocessing times by ___% and dramatically reduced operator workloads by implementing a computerized automation process for producing fortnightly sales reports.
Streamlinedpreparation, compilation and reportingprocedures for fortnightly sales report to the Airlines, dramatically boostingturnaround times.
Supported the Finance Manager with the end of month routines, stock reconciliations, commission calculations and payment, and MIS report.
Uncovered and corrected erroneously allocated assets causing understated depreciation figures.
Within the first year, grewbusiness from 0 to $___ during a collapsed stock market period. Crossed the $___ a few months later.