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Power Verbs for Job Seekers

Power Verbs for Job Seekers

Hundreds of Verbs and Phrases to Bring Your Resumes, Cover Letters, and Job Interviews to Life

Michael Faulkner, Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford

Mar 2013, Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN13: 9780133158724
ISBN10: 0133158721
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Electrify all your job search communications and build the great career you want!

The right verbs

• make you unforgettable

• powerfully demonstrate your value

• attract employers like moths to flame

Grab the right verb and use it the right way to:

Craft outstanding résumés, cover letters, and thank-you notes

Draw attention to your best achievements and accomplishments

Get your face-to-face interview—and ace it

Pitch yourself brilliantly, even if you only have a minute

Weave crucial “soft skills” expertise into your career communications

Prove you’re the person they’re looking for

Jam-packed with examples drawing on thousands of years of storytelling, literature, and experience

Indispensable for everyone who wants a rewarding, successful, well-paid career!

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

Use power verbs to electrify all your job-hunting communications, from resumes and cover letters to interviews -- and get the job you want!

  • Place yourself head-and-shoulders above other candidates: discover the fast, effective way to make your written and spoken job-seeking communications more meaningful, powerful, and compelling!
  • Concise, easy-to-use, and packed with examples anyone can use
  • An indispensable resource for everyone entering or reentering the workforce, or seeking a better job or promotion!

Dr. Michael Lawrence Faulkner is Professor at the Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University. He first learned leadership, management, and communication as a U.S. Marine Corps combat NCO, drill instructor, and classroom instructor. He then spent 30 years leading and coaching at Dun & Bradstreet, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), entrepreneur startups, and his own family business. Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford, an experienced marketing manager, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.