[For a run-through of the basics of resume-building, check out our two blog posts on the format and content of a good resume.]
When it comes to descriptive bullet points, nothing stands out as well as a strong action verb at the forefront of your experience. To help you in selecting these sometimes-unorthodox words, we’ve compiled a list of commonly used [and frankly boring!] verbs, and some that you might consider using instead.
(These are some of the most common, and will prevent your resume from standing out!)
(Think outside the box to make your experiences sound unique, but don’t use a word unless you are sure of its meaning!)
In addition to having strong verbs attracting the attention of potential employers, choosing a memorable color to incorporate into your resume can be a beneficial decision. Though in some fields, black and white is preferred, you can often get away with adding a tasteful splash of color to your name, dividing lines, or other select areas of your resume.
-use faded, less saturated colors in neutral tones
-consider blue, green, or earth tones (rather than brights such as orange or red)
-only use color in main areas, such as your name or lines of division between text
-use highly saturated colors (even warm colors can be tricky, and are less advisable)
-use more than one color (two tones of the same color might be acceptable in some situations)
-include neon colors of any kind
-use light colors that are hard to read (eg. yellows, light greens, etc.)
-use color for every heading, position, title, etc.
*Below is an image of some of the safest and most recommended colors used for resumes