My position on resumes is simply that these documents are your marketing brochure that should capture the essence of how you can “add value” to your future boss(client/customer). Your resume achieves this purpose by imparting to the reader evidence of your accomplishments and achievement . In the quest to prepare a marketing document punctuated by accomplishment and achievement many often flounder by utilizing what is possibly the weakest phrase in contemporary resume writing : “responsible for”. The term “responsible for” implies that you are only responsible for the task which follows that phrase. In essence you are responsible for EVERYTHING written on your resume. Remove that phrase and begin with a verb. For example:
Rather than: Responsible for managing a team of 5 associates. Why not state: Managed a team of 5 associates? Instead of: Responsible for conflict resolution programming for 500 first year students, state exactly what you did: Created, developed and facilitated conflict resolution programming for 500 first year students.
In short get rid of “responsible for” and it’s equally weak brethren “Handled”. Instead develop a vocabulary of strong verbs that emphasize the skills or attributes that you have enhanced as a result of a particular task or project.