The most important principle for writing an effective resume is demonstrating how you can provide value to a business. Action verbs help emphasize your experience by showing the responsibility and impact you've made for your company. Hiring managers want to know what you've accomplished in the past and how you can translate that to future experiences.
Action verbs are also helpful in getting your resume get passed through an ATS (applicant tracking systems) since it will try to match keywords from your resume to the job description. You can get passed this by re-using verbs that are mentioned in the tasks and responsibilities section of the job description and adding them to your resume.
Action verbs are usually the make-or-break deal when trying to make your resume look effective. If you were to list an experience without it, it would be difficult to show how actionable your responsibility was and its outcome.
Let’s take a look at the difference of an experience without an action verb looks and another one with an action verb.
Incorrect: I took care of ill, injured, and disabled patients.
Correct: Administered nursing care to ill, injured, and disabled patients.
However, it’s not so simple. Making your resume seem effective means showcasing a wide variety of diverse skillsets. Continue reading below to see how using action verbs on your resume can represent an effective and diverse skillset to make you stand out and help land your next job.