[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.

Avoid:
-managed
-led
-worked
-wrote
-created
-made
-learned
(These are some of the most common, and will prevent your resume from standing out!)

Instead try:
-articulated
-synthesized
-designed
-spearheaded
-developed
-constructed
-coordinated
-strengthened
-established
-directed
-arranged
-implemented
-pioneered
-displayed
-conceptualized
-introduced

(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.

Do:
-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

DON’T:
-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

spiral-color-combinations

 

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