Use Action Verbs in your CV


How to use action verbs when writing CVs – for professional looking CVs. Hey guys, today you will learn how to use Action Verbs in your CVs. What are those? Well, tune in to find out! Enjoy :)

Episodes mentioned

[145] How To Write a Professional Summary for Your CV
[146] Walk Someone Through Something (Phrasal Verb)

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Transcript (Use action verbs in your CV)

Hey guys, you are listening to the English Made Simple show this is episode #147, number one hundred and forty seven. Numero ciento cuarenta y siete.

Welcome amigos y amigas, welcome to the English Made Simple show, my name is Milena from

What’s up? How are you doing?
How are you feeling? Hope you are doing great! Awesome!

Guys, if you are listening to this episode in October of 2017 please note that the Get Job Ready program is starting soon. I have a couple of more spots available if you are looking to join.

The point of this program is to help you improve your CV and make it outstanding… This is applicable to you if you are moving overseas, if you are moving to Australia or New Zealand then this program is for you. It’s available to people who speak Intermediate to Advanced English I should point that out, or have an IELTS score 6, 7 to 8 or 100. The reason for this is because the CV writing is very intense, you need to know the right terminology when it comes to writing your CV, you will be learning specific words. In this program you will learn something new, you will get acquainted with something called Action Verbs.

Action Verbs will be your best friends throughout this program. They’ll be your bff’s


How to Use Action Verbs in Your CV


You will use these verbs when you have to talk about your responsibilities at job interviews, entrevistas laborales in Spanish.

So today, let me just briefly give you an example of an Action Verb.

Let’s say you are a Helpdesk Support person, or a Helpdesk Analyst.

For those of you who don’t know, Helpdesk Support is someone whose job is to answer calls, fix computer related problems. Problems such as, you know… “Hi, I just came back from my holiday, and I forgot my password. Please reset my password”

Right, so you get the picture of what Helpdesk Support is? Great. Now you know it!

One of the responsibilities would be to Log calls, resolve issues, fix problems, and provide hardware and software support to customers.

How do I know this? Well, I was one of them! I was one of those Helpdesk Support people. Just after I graduated from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, I went to work as a Helpdesk support for a Global Insurance company. I can tell you how many times I had to reset passwords for people. Let’s just say…countless times. A lot! Every day!

So what would someone like that put on their CV as one of their main tasks.

By the way, the tasks should be listed in you CV with bullet points for ease of reading. Also, we do not put a full stop at the end of a bullet point. This would be an incorrect punctuation in English. It would be wrong.
So, don’t full stops at the end of a bullet point (viñeta in Spanish).

In the example of a Helpdesk support, this person would have a task that would read something like this using the bullet point:

· Logged helpdesk calls and provided software and hardware support to customers

We used two verbs here: To log and to provide. They are both regular verbs.

The majority of Action Verbs will end in ‘ed’ – verbs like, logged, called, supported, provided, typed, served, and sorted and so on.

Another example, let’s imagine, if you were once an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Microsoft. Then you could use verbs such as Organize because your job was to organize meetings. But in your CV the verb organize becomes organized in the past tense. For example, organized meetings for the CEO of (at) Microsoft.

And imagine if you were add nice looking adverbs such as Successfully.

That in this example, you would say: Successfully organized meetings for the CEO of Microsoft.

Cool? Awesome.

By the way, who said writing CVs is easy? Said no one. It’s not easy.

Guys, there are more verbs to learn but we won’t go into this today. I would recommend you learn the verbs that are relevant to your job specifically.

I provide a list of these verbs in my program, the program is called Get Job Ready. It starts on 23rd October. At the end of the program you will have completed your CV in English. You will also learn to change your CV as needed to suit specific jobs that you want to apply for in the future.

If you’d like to join the program, please go to and register today.

Thanks guys, you’ve been an awesome audience, it’s been a pleasure recording today’s episode. Have an amazing week ahead! You’ve been jamming with Milena from English Made Simple. Until next time, hasta la proxima!

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