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Action Verbs -- By Skills Categories

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Remember to use these 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 alphabetically.

 

 

 

Communication/People Skills

    Addressed
    Advertised
    Arbitrated
    Arranged
    Articulated
    Authored
    Clarified
    Collaborated
    Communicated
    Composed
    Condensed
    Conferred
    Consulted
    Contacted
    Conveyed
    Convinced
    Corresponded
    Debated
    Defined
    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

 

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Creative Skills

    Acted
    Adapted
    Began
    Combined
    Composed
    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

 

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Data/Financial Skills

    Administered
    Adjusted
    Allocated
    Analyzed
    Appraised
    Assessed
    Audited
    Balanced
    Budgeted
    Calculated
    Computed
    Conserved
    Corrected
    Determined
    Developed
    Estimated
    Forecasted
    Managed
    Marketed
    Measured
    Netted
    Planned
    Prepared
    Programmed
    Projected
    Qualified
    Reconciled
    Reduced
    Researched
    Retrieved

 

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Helping Skills

    Adapted
    Advocated
    Aided
    Answered
    Arranged
    Assessed
    Assisted
    Clarified
    Coached
    Collaborated
    Contributed
    Cooperated
    Counseled
    Demonstrated
    Diagnosed
    Educated
    Encouraged
    Ensured
    Expedited
    Facilitated
    Familiarized
    Furthered
    Guided
    Helped
    Insured
    Intervened
    Motivated
    Prevented
    Provided
    Referred
    Rehabilitated
    Represented
    Resolved
    Simplified
    Supplied
    Supported
    Volunteered

 

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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
    Navigated
    Organized
    Originated
    Overhauled
    Oversaw
    Planned
    Presided
    Prioritized
    Produced
    Recommended
    Reorganized
    Replaced
    Restored
    Reviewed
    Scheduled
    Secured
    Selected
    Streamlined
    Strengthened
    Supervised
    Terminated
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Organizational Skills

    Approved
    Arranged
    Catalogued
    Categorized
    Charted
    Classified
    Coded
    Collected
    Compiled
    Corrected
    Corresponded
    Distributed
    Executed
    Filed
    Generated
    Incorporated
    Inspected
    Logged
    Maintained
    Monitored
    Obtained
    Operated
    Ordered
    Organized
    Prepared
    Processed
    Provided
    Purchased
    Recorded
    Registered
    Reserved
    Responded
    Reviewed
    Routed
    Scheduled
    Screened
    Submitted
    Supplied
    Standardized
    Systematized
    Updated
    Validated
    Verified

 

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Research Skills

    Analyzed
    Clarified
    Collected
    Compared
    Conducted
    Critiqued
    Detected
    Determined
    Diagnosed
    Evaluated
    Examined
    Experimented
    Explored
    Extracted
    Formulated
    Gathered
    Inspected
    Interviewed
    Invented
    Investigated
    Located
    Measured
    Organized
    Researched
    Reviewed
    Searched
    Solved
    Summarized
    Surveyed
    Systematized
    Tested

 

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Teaching Skills

    Adapted
    Advised
    Clarified
    Coached
    Communicated
    Conducted
    Coordinated
    Critiqued
    Developed
    Enabled
    Encouraged
    Evaluated
    Explained
    Facilitated
    Focused
    Guided
    Individualized
    Informed
    Instilled
    Instructed
    Motivated
    Persuaded
    Simulated
    Stimulated
    Taught
    Tested
    Trained
    Transmitted
    Tutored

 

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Technical Skills

    Adapted
    Applied
    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

 

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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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