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Action Verbs for Resumes

To help you get started on your résumé, we have included a list of verbs that is useful to enhance the descriotion of your responsibilities in prior positions. The verbs are organized by skill type.

Action Verbs

Management/Leadership Skills

  • administered
  • analyzed
  • appointed
  • approved
  • assigned
  • attained
  • authorized
  • chaired
  • considered
  • consolidated
  • contracted
  • controlled
  • converted
  • coordinated
  • decided
  • delegated
  • developed
  • directed
  • eliminated
  • emphasized
  • enforced
  • enhanced
  • established
  • executed
  • generated
  • handled
  • headed
  • hired
  • hosted
  • improved
  • incorporated
  • increased
  • initiated
  • inspected
  • instituted
  • led
  • managed
  • merged
  • motivated
  • organized
  • originated
  • overhauled
  • oversaw
  • planned
  • presided
  • prioritized
  • produced
  • recommended
  • reorganized
  • replaced
  • restored
  • reviewed
  • scheduled
  • streamlined
  • strengthened
  • supervised
  • terminated

Communication/People Skills

  • addressed
  • advertised
  • arbitrated
  • arranged
  • articulated
  • authored
  • clarified
  • collaborated
  • communicated
  • composed
  • condensed
  • conferred
  • consulted
  • contacted
  • conveyed
  • convinced
  • corresponded
  • debated
  • defined
  • described
  • developed
  • directed
  • discussed
  • drafted
  • edited
  • elicited
  • enlisted
  • explained
  • expressed
  • formulated
  • furnished
  • incorporated
  • influenced
  • interacted
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • involved
  • joined
  • judged
  • lectured
  • listened
  • marketed
  • mediated
  • moderated
  • negotiated
  • observed
  • outlined
  • participated
  • persuaded
  • presented
  • promoted
  • proposed
  • publicized
  • reconciled
  • recruited
  • referred
  • reinforced
  • reported
  • resolved
  • responded
  • solicited
  • specified
  • spoke
  • suggested
  • summarized
  • synthesized
  • translated
  • wrote

Research Skills

  • analyzed
  • clarified
  • collected
  • compared
  • conducted
  • critiqued
  • detected
  • determined
  • diagnosed
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • experimented
  • explored
  • extracted
  • formulated
  • gathered
  • identified
  • inspected
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • invented
  • investigated
  • located
  • measured
  • organized
  • researched
  • searched
  • solved
  • summarized
  • surveyed
  • systematized
  • tested

Technical Skills

  • adapted
  • assembled
  • built
  • calculated
  • computed
  • conserved
  • constructed
  • converted
  • debugged
  • designed
  • determined
  • developed
  • engineered
  • fabricated
  • fortified
  • installed
  • maintained
  • operated
  • overhauled
  • printed
  • programmed
  • rectified
  • regulated
  • remodeled
  • repaired
  • replaced
  • restored
  • solved
  • specialized
  • standardized
  • studied
  • upgraded
  • utilized

Teaching Skills

  • adapted
  • advised
  • clarified
  • coached
  • communicated
  • conducted
  • coordinated
  • critiqued
  • developed
  • enabled
  • encouraged
  • evaluated
  • explained
  • facilitated
  • focused
  • guided
  • individualized
  • informed
  • instilled
  • instructed
  • motivated
  • persuaded
  • set goals
  • simulated
  • stimulated
  • taught
  • tested
  • trained
  • transmitted
  • tutored

Financial/Data Skills

  • administered
  • adjusted
  • allocated
  • analyzed
  • appraised
  • assessed
  • audited
  • balanced
  • calculated
  • computed
  • conserved
  • corrected
  • determined
  • developed
  • estimated
  • forecasted
  • managed
  • marketed
  • measured
  • planned
  • programmed
  • projected
  • reconciled
  • reduced
  • researched
  • retrieved

Creative Skills

  • acted
  • adapted
  • began
  • combined
  • conceptualized
  • condensed
  • created
  • customized
  • designed
  • developed
  • directed
  • displayed
  • drew
  • entertained
  • established
  • fashioned
  • formulated
  • founded
  • illustrated
  • initiated
  • instituted
  • integrated
  • introduced
  • invented
  • modeled
  • modified
  • originated
  • performed
  • photographed
  • planned
  • revised
  • revitalized
  • shaped
  • solved

Helping Skills

  • adapted
  • advocated
  • aided
  • answered
  • arranged
  • assessed
  • assisted
  • cared for
  • clarified
  • coached
  • collaborated
  • contributed
  • cooperated c
  • ounseled
  • demonstrated
  • diagnosed
  • educated
  • encouraged
  • ensured
  • expedited
  • facilitated
  • familiarize
  • furthered
  • guided
  • helped
  • insured
  • intervened
  • motivated
  • provided
  • referred
  • rehabilitated
  • presented
  • resolved
  • simplified
  • supplied
  • supported
  • volunteered

Organization/Detail Skills

  • approved
  • arranged
  • cataloged
  • categorized
  • charted
  • classified
  • coded
  • collected
  • compiled
  • corresponded
  • distributed
  • executed
  • filed
  • generated
  • implemented
  • incorporated
  • inspected
  • logged
  • maintained
  • monitored
  • obtained
  • operated
  • ordered
  • organized
  • prepared
  • processed
  • provided
  • purchased
  • recorded
  • registered
  • reserved
  • responded
  • reviewed
  • routed
  • scheduled
  • screened
  • set up
  • submitted
  • supplied
  • standardized
  • systematized
  • updated
  • validated
  • verified
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