Action Verbs I get ideas for my blogs from all sorts of place – happiness newsletters, blogs on business strategies and psychology.  Today’s blog idea comes courtesy of “unbounce,” a site dedicated to building website landing pages!

The point that you need to consider is that adjectives do not have the same impact as verbs. Writing that you are “motivated” has less impact than writing that you “earned a degree while holding down an almost full-time job.”

Here are a few ideas for switching up the text in your resume to incorporate this knowledge:

- switch “great communication skills” for something more specific to your experience, for example, “recognized for keen participation in class debates.”

- replace “excellent student” with “completed five years of studies in four with time management and organization.”

And while you’re at it, challenge yourself to cut down the number of bullets that begin with “assisted with” and “provided.”

Remember, strong verbs, compelling language, specific details – that’s what influences perception more than littering your resume with a slew of superlatives –  “excellent, motivated, outstanding” …

If you’re not convinced you’ll be interested in where this info came from: a university admissions director! For those who would like more on this topic, here’s a link to the article:

http://unbounce.com/conversion-rate-optimization/writing-persuasive-copy/

- Stephanie :-)

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