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Career Handbook

Action Verbs

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 letters) the words that best sell your skills and abilities.
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accommodated authored confronted dispensed fabricated input multiplied provided revised surmounted
accomplished authorized consented displayed facilitated inspected navigated publicized revitalized surpassed
accounted for awarded conserved disproved familiarized inspired negotiated published revived surveyed
achieved balanced consolidated dissected fashioned installed netted purchased rewrote sustained
acquired billed constructed distributed figured instituted observed qualified routed synthesized
acted bolstered consulted diverted filtered instructed obtained quantified sanctioned systematized
activated boosted continued drafted finalized insured officiated queried satisfied tabulated
adapted bought contracted drew financed integrated opened questioned saved tailored
added brainstormed contributed drew up forecast interceded operated quoted scheduled targeted
addressed briefed controlled earned foresaw interpreted orchestrated raised scouted taught
adjusted brought converted edited formulated intervened ordered rated screened tended
administered budgeted convinced educated forwarded interviewed organized realized scrutinized tested
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adopted calculated coordinated elected founded invented overcame recognized selected tightened
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advertised carried out corrected elicited gained investigated oversaw reconciled serviced traced
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aided centralized counseled empowered governed joined perfected rectified shipped transacted
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