Rev Up Your Resume, But Please Don’t Take This Totally Seriously

We all know the wisdom of putting “action verbs” in your resume, right? How you should say “Achieved so and so” instead of “Was responsible for” since the former sounds so much more interesting.

JIST Publishing, which publishes career-related books, blogged about more words to use. They recommend:

  • Achieved
  • Analyzed
  • Built
  • Compiled
  • Contributed
  • Controlled

And so on and so forth. So far, so good (though “contributed” doesn’t strike us as that great). However, now we come to a problem.
“You can also add power adjectives to boost the strength of your selling verbs even more,” say Jim Bright and Joanne Earl, who coauthored Amazing Resumes, Second Edition. They suggest:

  • Assertively
  • Capably
  • Carefully
  • Competently
  • Consistently
  • Cooperatively
  • Creatively

First, we as members of the Professional Society of English majors feel compelled to point out that those are adverbs, not adjectives.

Second, William Strunk and E.B. White are rolling in their graves.