Hiring managers see a lot of the same verbs over and over again. While including action words is a good place to start in crafting a compelling resumé, certain verbs are more specific and visual than others and help your resumé stand out.

Here are some words to help you along:

TO DEMONSTRATE CREATIVITY

Example: Established three new programmes that grew customer base by 20 per cent in five years.

• Acted
• Conceptualised
• Discovered
• Established
• Fashioned
• Founded
• Illustrated
• Initiated
• Originated
• Shaped

TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP

Example: Led a team of 16 sales representatives and exceed quarterly sales goal by 131 per cent ($5.13m).

• Led
• Analysed
• Contracted
• Delegated
• Developed
• Oversaw
• Prioritised
• Recommended
• Strengthened
• Sustained

TO DETAIL MEASURABLE RESULTS

An example: Increased traffic to brick-and mortar location by 15 per cent over three years.

• Achieved
• Conserved
• Decreased
• Exceeded
• Expedited
• Drove
• Increased
• Launched
• Orchestrated
• Targeted

Article by James Hu, founder and CEO of Jobscan, a web resumé matching tool.

* This article first appeared in The Straits Times Recruit"