- Candace Dantes For the AJC
Take telling ownership of your cover letter, resume and portfolio captions by using visual descriptors that assert you're the best candidate for open positions.
That said, you must know exactly what to say, how to say it, and actually provide sound evidence to support your skill claims to attract employers and earn a follow-up interview.
Analyzed says to employers you put in-depth thought into tasks before making a decision. This verb works when explaining your background in tackling data-driven projects and how you best used results to benefit the company.
Budgeted says to employers you have experience in taking action concerning time, funds and resources. This verb works when detailing how you efficiently used company supplies to complete assignments.
Coordinated says to employers you have held leadership roles on either team or individual projects. This verb works when describing deadline-driven initiatives or campaigns you've spearheaded and finished with multiple steps to factor in.
Developed says to employers you have experience designing or producing original products, services or ideas. This verb works when sharing your expertise with generating solutions to problems that help advance team members and the company as a whole.
Handled says to employers you know how to take control of everyday job challenges and can tackle these challenges with a level head. This verb works when highlighting times you've had to pull out your multitasking skills to juggle various assignments on deadline.
Mastered says to employers you know how to overcome new, difficult tasks and are open to sharpen or update soft/hard skills. This verb works when spotlighting opportunities you've taken to improve your specialized knowledge — whether by way of company conferences or professional development coursework.
Networked says to employers you have no problem hobnobbing across company departments or on behalf of the company for public/private events. This verb works when demonstrating situations where you've had to build relationships in order to meet numbers or make brand new contacts.
Organized says to employers you pay attention to details, have a systematic approach to getting the job done and can bring people and projects together. This verb works when describing complex or layered enterprises you've planned and wrapped up with ease.
Resolved says to employers you know how to confront daunting tasks with professional poise. This verb works when recounting times you've been confronted with roadblocks or oversights but rectified circumstances without wasting company time, money or resources.
Studied says to employers you value research and are keen to industry trends. This verb works when identifying instances when you've stayed on top of company competition or audience demands to match or exceed market expectations.
Traveled says to employers you've been willing to explore long-standing or shifting areas of the job. This verb works when explaining work-related places you've visited and colleagues you've met to advance your education, experience and the company's brand.
Trained says to employers that you're an information sharer who doesn't mind helping others acquire new skills or knowledge to become better employees. This verb works when emphasizing mentorship or partnership opportunities you've led and turned into meaningful company connections.
Unified says to employers you're comfortable with bringing together diverse people and ideas. This verb works when summarizing experiences where you had to merge projects or department resources to complete a job, or collaborate across various groups to ensure inclusive excellence.
Verified says to employers you're not too proud to double-check information with supervisors or colleagues. This verb works when honestly pointing out circumstances you may have needed additional feedback or advice prior to making recommendations or adjustments to major projects.
Won says to employers you've championed assignments and secured favorable results. This verb works when underscoring career achievements/awards and success stories that strengthened your talent and benefited company morale and productivity.