Avoiding Repetitive Content in Your Resume

Be creative and use a wide vocabulary to keep the reader’s attention.

It can be difficult to avoid utilizing the same action words over and over again in your resume (especially if you have held similar roles throughout your career) however, with just a little extra effort and creativity, you can add variety to your resume’s content and make it that much more inviting to read. You’re selling yourself to potential employers, so make sure your resume advertises your qualifications in a professional, compelling way.

Starting every job description paragraph off with “Responsible for…” won’t generate much excitement. Content such as “Directed daily operations,” “Orchestrated day-to-day functions,” or “Governed team of 30+ personnel” makes your content more dynamic.

Did you increase annual revenues from zero to $2M, or did you propel  them?

Some repetition is understandably unavoidable. For example, you want to sprinkle key words and phrases throughout your resume to match the requirements in a job posting as closely as possible. Using a synonym in this case may sound odd or work against you. For instance, if “Quality Control” and “Inventory Control” are two critical keywords employers are scanning for, replacing “control” with “manage” or “oversight” to avoid repetition would not be advantageous.  Instead, strategically space these words apart on the resume if possible.

As always, use the thesaurus cautiously. If your sentences read strangely as a result of trying to avoid repetition, utilize your best judgment and let that one slide.

Here are a few common resume verbs and excellent synonyms to consider using in your document:

Manage

Administer

Direct

Delegate

Engineer

Facilitate

Govern

Head

Instruct

Lead

Maintain

Mastermind

Mentor

Officiate

Orchestrate

Oversee

Preside

Regulate

Supervise

Superintend

Spearhead

Steer

 

Develop

Build

Conceptualize

Construct

Craft

Create

Design

Devise

Draft

Establish

Formulate

Foster

Found

Forge

Invent

Manufacture

Generate

Endeavor

Deliver

Conceive

Produce

Spark

 

Improve

Expand

Expedite

Empower

Enhance

Enliven

Correct

Innovate

Inspire

Intensify

Modify

Optimize

Perfect

Progress

Rebuild

Realign

Reengineer

Renovate

Revitalize

Strengthen

Transform

Upgrade

 

Increase

Advance

Accelerate

Augment

Amplify

Boost

Catapult

Develop

Elevate

Expand

Explode

Extend

Enlarge

Graduate

Lift

Magnify

Maximize

Multiply

Overcome

Proliferate

Promote

Propel

Push

Raise

Strengthen

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