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Power Verbs for Job Seekers: Hundreds of Verbs and Phrases to Bring Your Resumes, Cover Letters, and Job Interviews to Life, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Michael Faulkner, Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford

Published by FT Press

Published Date: Feb 15, 2013


If you're hunting for a job, every word matters. But some words matter most of all: verbs. Verbs are the catalysts of sentences. They bring communication to life -- whether it's written or spoken. The right "power verbs" make resumes, cover letters, interview conversations and presentations more memorable, impactful, and dynamic. (Conversely, dull and uninteresting verbs can sink your chances to get hired, even if your potential employer has no idea why they don't like you!)


Now, in Power Verbs for Job Seekers, communications expert and business professor Dr. Michael Faulkner shows you exactly how to choose action-packed verbs that electrify your communications, and attract your audience to you like moths to a flame. Packed with hundreds of verbs and phrases, this concise, easy-to-use guide reveals why certain verbs are so much more powerful, and provides sample sentences showing you exactly how to use them.


Using Faulkner's verbs and real-world examples, you can supercharge resumes and cover letters, interview more successfully, and make a personal pitch no employer can resist. Simply put, there's no faster, easier way to separate yourself from the pack -- and get that job!

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Why and How Power Verbs Can Pump Up Your Résumés, Cover Letters, Interviews, and Personal Networking Efforts     1

How to Use This Book     1

How to Find the Right Power Verb     2

CHAPTER 2 Soft Skills Related to Professional Capabilities: Performance and Grooming     5

Accountability     5

Accuracy and Preciseness     29

Attendance and Punctuality     33

Attitude, Approachability, and Personality     34

Appearance and Personal Hygiene     38

Attention to Detail and Accuracy     40

Cognitive Load Management     55

Common Sense, Street Smarts     62

Commitment and Dedication     68

Communication, Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Nonverbal Cues     75

Compassionate, Caring, Kind, Empathetic     89

Creativity     93

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving     100

Cross-Cultural Competency     113

Computational Thinking     118

Customer Awareness, Able to Deal with Customers     123

Design Mind-Set     125

Drive and Passion, Tenacity     135

Flexibility, Availability     141

Honesty and Integrity     145

Intelligence     147

Leadership and Management     149

Learn, Grow, Teachable, Willingness to Learn     158

Motivated     163

New Media Literacy     167

Novel and Adaptive Thinking     171

Outgoing, Friendly, and Positive Attitude     173

Polite, Well Mannered, Courteous Phone and Email Etiquette     175

Professional Demeanor and Presence     178

Reliability, Dependability, Follow-Through, and Responsibility     181

Risk Tolerance     185

Self-Confidence     188

Self-Manageable, Work Independently     191

Social Intelligence     200

Take Direction, Follow Directions, Willing to Take Directions     205

Team Player, Transdisciplinary Skills, Works Well with Others Across Departments and Disciplines, and as a Member of Virtual Teams     208

Time Management     211

Work Ethic     213

CHAPTER 3 Hard Skills     217

Accounting and Finance     217

Administrative, Organizational, Time, and Planning Skills     220

Advertising, Branding, Public Relations, Sales, and Marketing (Also See Branding, Marketing, Sales Experience)     225

Analytical/Research, Computational, and Math     227

Business and Business Sense     231

Computer Literate     237

Engineering, Research, and Development, Including Software, New Products, and Services     238

Gather Data and Convert to Information     242

CHAPTER 4 Experience, Credentials, Education     245

Accomplishments and Achievements History     245

Education and Training, Degrees, and Certifications     263

Sources     267

Index     269

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