Action Verbs


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Students are often too brief in their description of their skills, qualities and traits. Consult the following list of action verbs when writing your resume and describing your experience.

A helpful strategy for using these verbs:

  1. Go through the entire list and check off all the action verbs (skills) employers in your intended field seek.
  2. Go through the list a second time and check off all the verbs you have used in the experiences you are describing on your resume.
  3. Note the words that you have checked twice. Incorporate into your resume (or cover letter) the words that best sell your skills and abilities.

Tip: Download this list (pdf) and print it out to make it easier to use.

  • accelerated
  • accommodated
  • accomplished
  • accounted for
  • achieved
  • acquired
  • acted
  • activated
  • adapted
  • added
  • addressed
  • adjusted
  • administered
  • admitted
  • adopted
  • advanced
  • advertised
  • advised
  • affected
  • aided
  • aligned
  • alleviated
  • allocated
  • allowed
  • altered
  • amended
  • analyzed
  • anticipated
  • applied
  • appointed
  • apportioned
  • appraised
  • approved
  • approximated
  • arbitrated
  • argued
  • arranged
  • ascertained
  • assembled
  • assessed
  • assigned
  • assisted
  • assumed
  • assured
  • attained
  • attended
  • audited
  • augmented
  • authored
  • authorized
  • awarded
  • balanced
  • billed
  • bolstered
  • boosted
  • bought
  • brainstormed
  • briefed
  • brought
  • budgeted
  • built
  • calculated
  • calibrated
  • carried out
  • catalogued
  • caused
  • centralized
  • certified
  • chaired
  • changed
  • charted
  • checked
  • chose
  • clarified
  • classified
  • closed
  • coached
  • collaborated
  • collected
  • combined
  • commissioned
  • committed
  • communicated
  • compared
  • compiled
  • completed
  • composed
  • compounded
  • computed
  • conceived
  • conceptualized
  • concluded
  • conditioned
  • conducted
  • confirmed
  • confronted
  • consented
  • conserved
  • consolidated
  • constructed
  • consulted
  • continued
  • contracted
  • contributed
  • controlled
  • converted
  • convinced
  • cooperated
  • coordinated
  • copied
  • corrected
  • correlated
  • corresponded
  • counseled
  • counted
  • crafted
  • created
  • critiqued
  • customized
  • dealt
  • debated
  • debugged
  • decided
  • deciphered
  • dedicated
  • defined
  • delegated
  • deliberated
  • delivered
  • demonstrated
  • designated
  • designed
  • detected
  • determined
  • developed
  • devised
  • diagnosed
  • diminished
  • directed
  • disbursed
  • discovered
  • dispatched
  • dispensed
  • displayed
  • disproved
  • dissected
  • distributed
  • diverted
  • drafted
  • drew
  • drew up
  • earned
  • edited
  • educated
  • effected
  • elected
  • elevated
  • elicited
  • eliminated
  • employed
  • empowered
  • enabled
  • encouraged
  • endorsed
  • enforced
  • engineered
  • enhanced
  • enlarged
  • enlisted
  • enriched
  • ensured
  • entered
  • entertained
  • enumerated
  • envisioned
  • established
  • estimated
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • excelled
  • executed
  • exercised
  • exhibited
  • expanded
  • expedited
  • explained
  • explored
  • extended
  • extracted
  • fabricated
  • facilitated
  • familiarized
  • fashioned
  • figured
  • filtered
  • finalized
  • financed
  • forecast
  • foresaw
  • formulated
  • forwarded
  • fostered
  • founded
  • fulfilled
  • gained
  • gathered
  • generated
  • governed
  • graded
  • greeted
  • grew
  • grossed
  • guaranteed
  • guided
  • handled
  • hastened
  • headed
  • heightened
  • helped
  • highlighted
  • hired
  • identified
  • illustrated
  • imagined
  • implemented
  • improved
  • improvised
  • incorporated
  • increased
  • indexed
  • indicated
  • inferred
  • influenced
  • informed
  • initiated
  • innovated
  • input
  • inspected
  • inspired
  • installed
  • instituted
  • instructed
  • insured
  • integrated
  • interceded
  • interpreted
  • intervened
  • interviewed
  • introduced
  • invented
  • inventoried
  • investigated
  • involved
  • issued
  • joined
  • judged
  • justified
  • labored
  • launched
  • lectured
  • led
  • licensed
  • linked
  • located
  • logged
  • maintained
  • managed
  • mapped
  • marketed
  • mastered
  • maximized
  • measured
  • mediated
  • mentored
  • merchandised
  • minimized
  • mobilized
  • modeled
  • moderated
  • modernized
  • modified
  • monitored
  • motivated
  • multiplied
  • navigated
  • negotiated
  • netted
  • observed
  • obtained
  • officiated
  • opened
  • operated
  • orchestrated
  • ordered
  • organized
  • originated
  • overcame
  • overhauled
  • oversaw
  • participated
  • perceived
  • perfected
  • performed
  • persuaded
  • photographed
  • piloted
  • pioneered
  • planned
  • played
  • policed
  • polished
  • predicted
  • prepared
  • prescribed
  • presented
  • presided
  • prevailed
  • prioritized
  • processed
  • procured
  • produced
  • profited
  • programmed
  • projected
  • promoted
  • proofed
  • proposed
  • prospected
  • protected
  • proved
  • provided
  • publicized
  • published
  • purchased
  • qualified
  • quantified
  • queried
  • questioned
  • quoted
  • raised
  • rated
  • realized
  • received
  • recognized
  • recommended
  • reconciled
  • recorded
  • recruited
  • rectified
  • reduced
  • referred
  • refined
  • reformed
  • regulated
  • rehabilitated
  • reinforced
  • rejuvenated
  • related
  • remedied
  • remodeled
  • rendered
  • renovated
  • reorganized
  • repaired
  • replaced
  • reported
  • represented
  • rescued
  • researched
  • reserved
  • resolved
  • responded
  • restored
  • retrieved
  • revamped
  • revealed
  • reviewed
  • revised
  • revitalized
  • revived
  • rewrote
  • routed
  • sanctioned
  • satisfied
  • saved
  • scheduled
  • scouted
  • screened
  • scrutinized
  • secured
  • selected
  • served
  • serviced
  • settled
  • shaped
  • shipped
  • sifted
  • simplified
  • sketched
  • sold
  • solicited
  • solved
  • sorted
  • sought
  • spearheaded
  • specified
  • spoke
  • stated
  • stimulated
  • stocked
  • straightened
  • strategized
  • streamlined
  • strengthened
  • structured
  • studied
  • submitted
  • substantiated
  • suggested
  • summarized
  • supervised
  • supplemented
  • supplied
  • supported
  • surmounted
  • surpassed
  • surveyed
  • sustained
  • synthesized
  • systematized
  • tabulated
  • tailored
  • targeted
  • taught
  • tended
  • tested
  • theorized
  • tightened
  • totaled
  • traced
  • tracked
  • trained
  • transacted
  • transcribed
  • transferred
  • transformed
  • translated
  • transmitted
  • traveled
  • treated
  • tutored
  • uncovered
  • unearthed
  • unified
  • updated
  • upgraded
  • validated
  • verified
  • visualized
  • welcomed
  • won
  • wrote