Action Verbs


When writing your resume and cover letter, make sure to use action verbs instead of passive verbs to describe your duties. It will sound more convincing. In addition, use a variety of verbs and don’t repeat the same verbs too often. This list should help you build your resume and cover letter with a variety of action verbs.

COMMUNICATION
Abstracted, Addressed, Arbitrated, Arranged, Authored, Collaborated, Convinced, Corresponded, Delivered, Developed, Directed, Documented, Drafted, Edited, Energized, Enlisted, Formulated, Influenced, Interpreted, Lectured, Liaised, Mediated, Moderated, Negotiated, Persuaded, Presented, Promoted, Publicized, Reconciled, Recruited ,Reported, Rewrote, Spoke, Suggested, Synthesized, Translated, Verbalized, Wrote

CREATIVE
Acted, Composed, Conceived, Conceptualized, Created, Customized, Designed, Developed, Directed, Established, Fashioned, Founded, Illustrated, Initiated, Instituted, Integrated, Introduced, Invented, Originated, Performed, Planned, Published, Redesigned, Revised,
Revitalized, Shaped, Visualized

FLEXIBILITY
Accommodate, adapt, adjust, altered, amended, balanced, converted, grew, improvised, tailored

HELPING
Assessed, Assisted, Clarified, Coached, Counseled, Demonstrated, Diagnosed, Educated, Enhanced, Expedited, Facilitated, Familiarized, Guided, Motivated, Participated, Proposed, Provided, Referred, Rehabilitated, Represented, Served, Supported

LEADERSHIP
Accomplished, Achieved, Administered, Analyzed, Assigned, Attained, Chaired, Consolidated, Contracted, Coordinated, Delegated, Developed, Directed, Earned, Evaluated, Executed, Handled, Headed, Impacted, Improved, Increased, Led, Mastered, Orchestrated, Organized, Oversaw, Planned, Predicted, Prioritized, Produced, Proved, Recommended, Regulated, Reorganized, Reviewed, Scheduled, Spearheaded, Strengthened, Supervised, Surpassed

ORGANIZATIONAL
Approved, Accelerated, Added, Arranged, Broadened, Cataloged, Centralized, Changed, Classified, Collected, Compiled, Completed, Controlled, Defined, Dispatched, Executed, Expanded, Gained, Gathered, Generated, Implemented, Inspected, Launched, Monitored, Operated, Organized, Prepared, Processed, Purchased, Recorded, Reduced, Reinforced, Retrieved, Screened, Selected, Simplified, Sold, Specified, Steered, Structured, Systematized, Tabulated, Unified, Updated, Utilized, Validated, Verified

PROBLEM SOLVING
Aided, alleviated, ameliorated, augmented, counseled, customized, debugged, eased, elevated, enlarged, extended, extracted, finalized, fulfilled, generated, identified, interceded, invented, lightened, polished, procured, reconciled, rectified, reduced, refined, reformed, rehabilitated, reinforced, rejuvenated, relieved, remedied, remodeled, repaired, restored, retrieved, revitalized, revived, settled, solicited, solved, streamlined, strengthened, supplemented, transformed

QUANTITATIVE
Administered, Allocated, Analyzed, Appraised, Audited, Balanced, Budgeted, Calculated, Computed, Developed, Forecasted, Managed, Marketed, Maximized, Minimized, Planned, Projected, Researched

RESEARCH
Clarified, Collected, Concluded, Conducted, Constructed, Critiqued, Derived, Determined, Diagnosed, Discovered, Evaluated, Examined, Extracted, Formed, Identified, Inspected, Interpreted, Interviewed, Investigated, Modeled, Organized, Resolved, Reviewed, Summarized,
Surveyed, Systematized, Tested

SUPERVISING
Adjusted, analyzed, apportioned, assessed, certified, compared, controlled, corrected, correlated, developed, discovered, established, examined, explored, graded, inspected, indexed, judged, licensed, maintained, measured, modified, monitored, officiated, overhauled, oversaw, policed, prohibited, refined, regulated, reviewed, revised, screened, set, scrutinized, supervised, supplied, tightened, traced, updated.

TEACHING
Adapted, Advised, Clarified, Coached, Communicated, Coordinated, Demystified, Developed, Enabled, Encouraged, Evaluated, Explained, Facilitated, Guided, Informed, Instructed, Persuaded, Set Goals, Stimulated, Studied ,Taught, Trained

TECHNICAL
Assembled, Built, Calculated, Computed, Designed, Devised, Engineered, Fabricated, Installed, Maintained, Operated, Optimized, Overhauled, Programmed, Remodeled, Repaired, Solved, Standardized, Streamlined ,Upgraded