Resume Writing – Using Examples

It’s important to be able to illustrate your accomplishments so employers can visualize you as one of their employees, making a valuable contribution to their company or organization.

A well-written resume should have plenty of examples of you in action. Once you have chosen the type of resume you will use – chronological, functional, or combination – the next exercise will help you effectively fill your resume with vivid examples of your skills and abilities.

Begin by picking a verb from the action verb list that follows. Starting with this verb, describe an action you took and the result that followed. Some examples might be:

  • Organized student tutorial workshops at campus computer center
  • Edited monthly newsletter for community windsurfing club
  • Represented local citizen’s group at land use and development meeting
  • Directed marketing activities for a United Way fund drive, resulting in a 15 percent increase in pledges
  • Implemented successful recycling plan at my sorority
  • Performed accounting duties at student-run cafe
  • Reduced ice cream inventories to minimize spoilage and high storage costs
  • Awarded top sales representative for six consecutive months
  • Wrote the company’s first customer satisfaction survey resulting in a 33 percent increase in customer responses


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