Are You Using Action Words, Verbs, or Phrases in Your Education Resume to Captivate the Reader?

A resume is a marketing summary of your relevant talents, experiences, and contributions you can make to a school district. It provides a synopsis of who you are as a professional and what value you can bring to the education community. Your goal is to create a content-rich resume that will stand out above the rest, secure a job interview, and ultimately win you that desired dream teaching job.

In today's fast-paced world of time crunching, potential employers and hiring managers can't evaluate all the resumes they receive in great detail. Most give the stack of resumes a hurried glance and toss the lot aside where they ultimately find their way to the "round" filing cabinet. Don't let this happen to yours.

Are You Using Action Words, Verbs, or Phrases in Your Education Resume?

How do you ensure your resume is strong and captivating? Writing eye-catching sentences that effectively describe your talents and achievements can be one of the most difficult things you do when preparing your resume - some find this impossible. To achieve the highest impact, you must begin your bullets with action words. Action words are verbs ending in "ed" that descriptively communicate an achievement. Here is a small sample of descriptive action words that will add some liveliness to your resume:

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When writing your skills and achievements bullets, make them attention-grabbing and brief. You can add descriptive adverbs and adjectives (e.g., creatively, regularly, patiently, concisely, etc.) to sell the reader on how well you did the task and bring the statement to life. You don't need to add an adverb to every achievement bullet, but do so occasionally.

Writing success stories is best achieved through concise bulleted lists, beginning with action words that accentuate compelling and relevant points. When developing your bulleted list of accomplishments use the C.A.R. approach., ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What challenge have I faced or what problem have I resolved?
  2. What action did I take?
  3. What was the result of the action that I took?

The answers to these three questions provide proof to a school district interviewer that you successfully solved a problem or overcame a challenge to achieve success. The more specifically you describe your skills, strengths, and the situations and where you demonstrated them, the stronger the impression you will make.

Below are some examples of before and after bulleted accomplishment statements. If you were an employer, which bullet would immediately engage your curiosity?





Now that you recognize the importance of descriptive action words and how to use them to create an engaging and eye-catching marketing document, you are on your way to job search success.

You can also review our education resume samples to get an idea of how action words are incorporated into the resume. If you require more information or have any questions - Contact Candace at A+ Resumes for Teachers by clicking here or call toll-free 1-877-738-8052.