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Action Verbs -- Alphabetical Listing


 

Remember to use these action verbs to describe your skills and accomplishments when writing your resume and cover letters -- to increase the strength of your writing and make potential employers take notice!

 

You can also view these action verbs by skill categories.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A

    Accelerated
    Accomplished
    Achieved
    Acquired
    Acted
    Activated
    Adapted
    Addressed
    Adjusted
    Advanced
    Advertised
    Advised
    Advocated
    Aided
    Allocated
    Analyzed
    Answered
    Applied
    Appointed
    Appraised
    Approved
    Arbitrated
    Arranged
    Ascertained
    Assembled
    Assessed
    Assigned
    Attained
    Augmented
    Authorized
    Awarded

 

B

    Balanced
    Began
    Boosted
    Briefed
    Budgeted
    Built

 

C

    Calculated
    Captured
    Cataloged/Catalogued
    Centralized
    Chaired
    Championed
    Charted
    Checked
    Clarified
    Classified
    Coached
    Coded
    Collaborated
    Collected
    Combined
    Communicated
    Compared
    Compiled
    Completed
    Composed
    Computed
    Conceived
    Conceptualized
    Condensed
    Conducted
    Conferred
    Conserved
    Considered
    Consolidated
    Constructed
    Consulted
    Contacted
    Continued
    Contracted
    Contributed
    Controlled
    Converted
    Conveyed
    Convinced
    Cooperated
    Coordinated
    Corrected
    Corresponded
    Counseled
    Crafted
    Created
    Critiqued
    Cultivated
    Customized

 

D

    Debated
    Debugged
    Decided
    Defined
    Delegated
    Delivered
    Demonstrated
    Designated
    Designed
    Detected
    Determined
    Developed
    Devised
    Diagnosed
    Directed
    Discovered
    Discussed
    Dispensed
    Displayed
    Dissected
    Distributed
    Diversified
    Diverted
    Drafted
    Drew

 

E

    Earned
    Edited
    Educated
    Effected
    Elected
    Elicited
    Eliminated
    Emphasized
    Employed
    Enabled
    Enacted
    Encouraged
    Enforced
    Engineered
    Enhanced
    Enlarged
    Enlisted
    Ensured
    Entertained
    Established
    Estimated
    Evaluated
    Examined
    Executed
    Exhibited
    Expanded
    Expedited
    Experimented
    Explained
    Explored
    Expressed
    Extended
    Extracted

 

F

    Fabricated
    Facilitated
    Familiarized
    Fashioned
    Filed
    Finalized
    Financed
    Fixed
    Focused
    Forecasted
    Forged
    Formalized
    Formed
    Formulated
    Fortified
    Fostered
    Found
    Fulfilled
    Furnished
    Furthered

 

G

    Gained
    Gathered
    Generated
    Governed
    Grossed
    Guided

 

H

    Halted
    Handled
    Headed
    Heightened
    Hired
    Honed
    Hosted
    Hypothesized

 

I

    Identified
    Illustrated
    Imagined
    Implemented
    Improved
    Improvised
    Incorporated
    Increased
    Indexed
    Individualized
    Influenced
    Informed
    Initiated
    Innovated
    Inspected
    Inspired
    Installed
    Instilled
    Instituted
    Instructed
    Insured
    Integrated
    Interacted
    Interpreted
    Intervened
    Interviewed
    Introduced
    Invented
    Inventoried
    Investigated
    Involved
    Issued

 

J

    Joined
    Judged
    Justified

 

K

    Kept

 

L

    Launched
    Learned
    Lectured
    Led
    Leveraged
    Lifted
    Listened
    Located
    Logged

 

M

    Maintained
    Managed
    Manipulated
    Manufactured
    Mapped
    Marketed
    Masterminded
    Maximized
    Measured
    Mediated
    Mentored
    Merged
    Mobilized
    Modeled
    Moderated
    Modified
    Monitored
    Motivated

 

N

    Navigated
    Negotiated
    Netted
    Normalized

 

O

    Observed
    Obtained
    Opened
    Operated
    Ordered
    Orchestrated
    Originated
    Outlined
    Outsourced
    Overcame
    Overhauled
    Oversaw

 

P

    Participated
    Perceived
    Performed
    Persuaded
    Photographed
    Pinpointed
    Piloted
    Pioneered
    Placed
    Planned
    Played
    Predicted
    Prepared
    Prescribed
    Presented
    Presided
    Prevented
    Printed
    Prioritized
    Processed
    Procured
    Produced
    Programmed
    Projected
    Promoted
    Proofread
    Propelled
    Proposed
    Prospected
    Protected
    Proved
    Provided
    Publicized
    Purchased

 

Q

    Qualified
    Questioned

 

R

    Raised
    Ran
    Rated
    Reached
    Realigned
    Realized
    Reasoned
    Received
    Recognized
    Recommended
    Reconciled
    Recorded
    Recruited
    Rectified
    Recycled
    Reduced
    Referred
    Regained
    Registered
    Regulated
    Rehabilitated
    Related
    Reinforced
    Remodeled
    Rendered
    Renegotiated
    Reorganized
    Repaired
    Replaced
    Reported
    Repositioned
    Represented
    Researched
    Reserved
    Reshaped
    Resolved
    Responded
    Restored
    Restructured
    Retrieved
    Reviewed
    Revised
    Revitalized
    Routed

 

S

    Satisfied
    Saved
    Scheduled
    Screened
    Searched
    Secured
    Selected
    Separated
    Served
    Shaped
    Shared
    Simplified
    Simulated
    Sketched
    Sold
    Solicited
    Solved
    Sorted
    Spearheaded
    Specialized
    Specified
    Spoke
    Sponsored
    Staffed
    Standardized
    Started
    Stimulated
    Streamlined
    Strengthened
    Structured
    Studied
    Suggested
    Summarized
    Supervised
    Supplied
    Supported
    Surpassed
    Surveyed
    Sustained
    Synthesized
    Systematized

 

T

    Tabulated
    Targeted
    Taught
    Terminated
    Tested
    Tightened
    Totaled
    Tracked
    Traded
    Trained
    Transcribed
    Transferred
    Transformed
    Transitioned
    Transmitted
    Translated
    Traveled
    Troubleshot
    Tutored

 

U

    Uncovered
    Undertook
    Unified
    United
    Updated
    Upgraded
    Used
    Utilized

 

V

    Validated
    Verbalized
    Verified
    Vitalized
    Volunteered

 

W

    Weighed
    Widened
    Won
    Wrote

 

X

    Any ideas??

 

Y

    Any ideas??

 

Z

    Any ideas??

 

See also our article, which includes amazing samples of action verbs in action as bullet points on job-seeker resumes: Action Verbs in Action: Sample Resume Bullet Points that Kick Off with Powerful Verbs.


 

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