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Action Verbs

A resume should verbally show you are a “doer.” In describing your work experience and extracurricular activities, use words such as these to persuasively present your qualifications and background to prospective employers. Don’t be hesitant to give yourself credit for your accomplishments. If you “developed” a program, “supervised” a group, or “initiated” an idea, say so.  

accelerated  discharged  lightened  revised 
accomplished  discovered  liquidated  revitalized
achieved  distributed  located  revived 
acquired  documented  made  saved 
activated  doubled  maintained  scheduled 
adapted  earned  managed  secured
addressed  edited  marketed  selected 
administered effected  mediated  served
advanced  eliminated  minimized  set-up 
advised  employed  mobilized  simplified
allocated  enforced  modernized  shaped
analyzed  engineered  modified  showed
anticipated  established  monitored  simplified
applied  estimated  motivated  sold
appointed  evaluated  negotiated  solved
appraised  examined  obtained  sorted
approved  exceeded  operated  specified
arranged  executed  ordered  sponsored
assessed  exercised  organized  staffed
assisted  expanded  originated  standardized
assigned  expedited  overcame  started
attained  extended  overhauled  stimulated
audited  extracted  oversaw  streamlined
augmented   facilitated  participated  strengthened
averted  financed  performed  stretched
avoided  forecasted  pinpointed  structured
broadened  formed  pioneered  studied
built  formulated  planned  suggested
calculated  found  prepared  summarized
centralized  founded  presented  supervised
clarified  framed  prevented  supported
collaborated  fulfilled  processed  surpassed
combined  generated  procured  surveyed
completed  guided  produced  sustained
composed  halved  programmed  tailored
conceived  handled  projected   taught
concluded  headed  promoted  terminated
condensed  helped  proposed  tested
conducted  hired  proved  tightened
consolidated  identified  provided  traded
constructed  implemented  published  trained
consulted  improved  purchased  transacted
contracted  improvised  realized  transferred
contributed  increased  recommended  transformed
controlled  influenced  reconciled  translated
converted  initiated  recruited  trimmed
coordinated  inspected  redesigned  tripled
corrected  inspired  reduced  uncovered
created  installed  re-established  undertook
cultivated  instigated  regulated  unified
decentralized  instituted  reinforced  used
decreased  instructed  rejected  utilized
defined  integrated  related  verified
delegated  interpreted  renegotiated  vitalized
delivered  interviewed  reorganized  widened
demonstrated  introduced  reported  won
designated  invented  represented  worked
designed  invested  researched  wrote
determined  investigated  reshaped 
developed  launched  resolved 
devised  lectured  revamped 
directed  led  reviewed