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: