Using Action Orientated Verbs To Get Your CV Noticed

While in leadership roles and through working with clients I have reviewed hundreds if not thousands of CV’s from accountants and other professionals.


A few of them stood out and in truth the vast majority of them are so bland and generic that they really are never going to get attention.


Yet often using action orientated verbs can turn your CV from run of the mill to attention getting.


So what action orientated verbs might accountants use to effectively market themselves on their CV?  Here are a few examples to get you started.




Achieved a 25% improvement in debtor days which improved cash flow


Achieved a 3 day close down at month end


Achieved a £1million saving on the company’s tax bill




Assisted in production of a business case that got the organisation an additional £2m of funding


Assisted in a negotiation with a supplier and achieved a 10% reduction in price.


Assisted in developing a business improvement plan for a division that was losing market share




Convinced Operational Managers to work in partnership with Finance


Convinced a client to implement audit recommendations to reduce business risk


Convinced doubters of the viability of a financial plan




Improved a business process by making greater use of technology


Improved morale in the Finance team


Improved client satisfaction




Maximised the return gained on surplus cash without increasing risk


Maximised returns on investment from major business cases


Maximised the effectiveness of credit control procedures to reduce debtor days




Saved 2 days per month by automating a process or procedure that was carried out manually


Saved the company £500,000 by implementing a just in time stock system that reduced stock holdings


Saved time without compromising quality by eliminating non added value activities




Implemented a new accounting system


Implemented a new procedure


Implemented new working practices


Implemented a significant change


The Reality: CV’s are scanned rather than being read so make sure there are plenty action orientated verbs to get your CV noticed and you invited to more job interviews.

Duncan Brodie helps accountants and other business professionals to achieve more career success.  He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass here


About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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