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Categories and Examples Using Action Verbs

PLANNING

Example: Developed and implemented a training program that resulted in a 45% increase in employee satisfaction.

  • Administered
  • Anticipated
  • Commissioned
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Drew up
  • Evaluated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Identified
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Ordered
  • Organized
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Prioritized
  • Procured
  • Programmed
  • Proposed
  • Recruited
  • Rectified
  • Researched
  • Reserved
  • Retrieved
  • Revised
  • Routed
  • Scheduled
  • Secured
  • Strategized
  • Studied
  • Tailored

ORGANIZING

Example: Coordinated weekly office schedules for 8 employees.

  • Acquired
  • Activated
  • Adjusted
  • Aligned
  • Allocated
  • Altered
  • Appointed
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assigned
  • Authorized
  • Cataloged
  • Centralized
  • Charted
  • Classified
  • Collected
  • Committed
  • Confirmed
  • Contracted
  • Copied
  • Coordinated
  • Customized
  • Delegated
  • Designated
  • Designed
  • Dispatched
  • Established
  • Facilitated
  • Implemented
  • Incorporated
  • Instituted
  • Issued
  • Linked
  • Logged
  • Mapped
  • Reorganized
  • Selected
  • Simplified
  • Sorted
  • Sought
  • Straightened
  • Structured
  • Suggested
  • Tracked
  • Unified

EXECUTING

Example: Handled 20-35+ customer calls per shift regarding coverage changes, renewal rates and billing procedures.

  • Acted
  • Administered
  • Awarded
  • Billed
  • Bought
  • Brought
  • Carried out
  • Chose
  • Collected
  • Completed
  • Conducted
  • Displayed
  • Distributed
  • Diverted
  • Entered
  • Exercised
  • Executed
  • Exhibited
  • Filtered
  • Forwarded
  • Handled
  • Input
  • Installed
  • Insured
  • Labored
  • Merchandised
  • Operated
  • Participated
  • Performed
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Proofed
  • Prospected
  • Proved
  • Reformed
  • Serviced
  • Shipped
  • Sold
  • Stocked
  • Transacted
  • Transferred
  • Traveled
  • Treated

SUPERVISING

Example: Developed and supervised the implementation of new computer filing system that reduced paper use by 35%.

  • Adjusted
  • Analyzed
  • Apportioned
  • Assessed
  • Certified
  • Compared
  • Controlled
  • Corrected
  • Correlated
  • Developed
  • Discovered
  • Enforced
  • Established
  • Examined
  • Explored
  • Graded
  • Indexed
  • Inspected
  • Judged
  • Licensed
  • Maintained
  • Measured
  • Modified
  • Monitored
  • Officiated
  • Overhauled
  • Oversaw
  • Policed
  • Refined
  • Regulated
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Screened
  • Scrutinized
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Tightened
  • Traced
  • Updated

LEADING

Example: Trained 20+ new employees in computer procedures over a 2-year period.

  • Accelerated
  • Affected
  • Assumed
  • Caused
  • Chaired
  • Changed
  • Conducted
  • Directed
  • Disproved
  • Elected
  • Employed
  • Empowered
  • Encouraged
  • Enlisted
  • Envisioned
  • Fostered
  • Founded
  • Governed
  • Guided
  • Headed
  • Hired
  • Influenced
  • Initiated
  • Inspired
  • Involved
  • Launched
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Mastered
  • Mentored
  • Minimized
  • Modernized
  • Motivated
  • Obtained
  • Opened
  • Originated
  • Piloted
  • Pioneered
  • Presided
  • Promoted
  • Raised
  • Recognized
  • Spearheaded
  • Stimulated
  • Strengthened
  • Supervised
  • Trained
  • Transformed
  • Visualized
  • Won

GETTING RESULTS

Example: Increased student participation by 25% over a 6-month period.

  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Added
  • Adopted
  • Advanced
  • Attained
  • Augmented
  • Boosted
  • Built
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Consolidated
  • Constructed
  • Contributed
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Diminished
  • Earned
  • Effected
  • Eliminated
  • Enlarged
  • Enlisted
  • Ensured
  • Excelled
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Extended
  • Finalized
  • Fulfilled
  • Gained
  • Generated
  • Grew
  • Guaranteed
  • Hastened
  • Heightened
  • Improved
  • Increased
  • Innovated
  • Integrated
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Joined
  • Located
  • Orchestrated
  • Overcame
  • Perfected
  • Prevailed
  • Produced
  • Qualified
  • Realized
  • Received
  • Reduced (losses)
  • Rejuvenated
  • Renovated
  • Restored
  • Resulted in
  • Surpassed
  • Targeted
  • Uncovered

PROBLEM SOLVING

Example: Streamlined ordering through the use of computer technology, decreasing wait time from 6 to 2 days.

  • Alleviated
  • Analyzed
  • Applied
  • Brainstormed
  • Collaborated
  • Conceived
  • Conceptualized
  • Crafted
  • Created
  • Debugged
  • Decided
  • Deciphered
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Diagnosed
  • Dissected
  • Engineered
  • Foresaw
  • Formulated
  • Gathered
  • Imagined
  • Investigated
  • Navigated
  • Recommended
  • Remedied
  • Remodeled
  • Repaired
  • Replaced
  • Resolved
  • Revamped
  • Revitalized
  • Revived
  • Satisfied
  • Scouted
  • Sifted
  • Sketched
  • Solved
  • Streamlined
  • Surmounted
  • Synthesized
  • Theorized
  • Unearthed

QUANTIFYING

Example: Converted files from COBAL to JAVA in order to increase compatibility with current systems.

  • Accounted for
  • Appraised
  • Approximated
  • Audited
  • Balanced
  • Budgeted
  • Calculated
  • Calibrated
  • Checked
  • Compiled
  • Compounded
  • Computed
  • Conserved
  • Converted
  • Counted
  • Dispensed
  • Dispersed
  • Earned
  • Enumerated
  • Estimated
  • Figured
  • Financed
  • Grossed
  • Increased
  • Inventoried
  • Invoiced
  • Maximized
  • Multiplied
  • Netted
  • Predicted
  • Profited
  • Projected
  • Purchased
  • Quantified
  • Rated
  • Reconciled
  • Recorded
  • Reduced
  • Tabulated
  • Totaled
  • Upgraded

HELPING

Example: Provided academic support for 30+ at-risk primary school students through a comprehensive after-school program.

  • Accommodated
  • Advised
  • Aided
  • Alleviated
  • Assisted
  • Assured
  • Attended
  • Bolstered
  • Coached
  • Conditioned
  • Continued
  • Cooperated
  • Counseled
  • Dealt
  • Elevated
  • Enabled
  • Endorsed
  • Enhanced
  • Enriched
  • Familiarized
  • Helped
  • Interceded
  • Intervened
  • Mobilized
  • Modeled
  • Played
  • Polished
  • Prescribed
  • Protected
  • Provided
  • Rehabilitated
  • Rescued
  • Saved
  • Served
  • Sustained
  • Tended
  • Tutored
  • Validated

COMMUNICATING

Example: Presented to groups of 30+ transfer students on a weekly basis concerning university policies and procedures.

  • Acted
  • Adapted
  • Addressed
  • Admitted
  • Advertised
  • Allowed
  • Amended
  • Arbitrated
  • Argued
  • Ascertained
  • Authored
  • Briefed
  • Clarified
  • Cleared up
  • Closed
  • Communicated
  • Composed
  • Concluded
  • Confronted
  • Consented
  • Consulted
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Critiqued
  • Debated
  • Dedicated
  • Defined
  • Deliberated
  • Demonstrated
  • Drafted
  • Drew
  • Edited
  • Educated
  • Elicited
  • Entertained
  • Explained
  • Extracted
  • Fabricated
  • Fashioned
  • Greeted
  • Highlighted
  • Illustrated
  • Improvised
  • Indicated
  • Inferred
  • Informed
  • Instructed
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Justified
  • Lectured
  • Marketed
  • Mediated
  • Moderated
  • Negotiated
  • Perceived
  • Persuaded
  • Photographed
  • Presented
  • Publicized
  • Published
  • Queried
  • Questioned
  • Quoted
  • Referred
  • Reinforced
  • Related
  • Rendered
  • Reported
  • Represented
  • Responded
  • Revealed
  • Rewrote
  • Sanctioned
  • Settled
  • Shaped
  • Sold
  • Solicited
  • Specified
  • Spoke
  • Stated
  • Submitted
  • Substantiated
  • Suggested
  • Summarized
  • Supplemented
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Synthesized
  • Systematized
  • Taught
  • Tested
  • Transcribed
  • Translated
  • Transmitted
  • Verified
  • Welcomed
  • Wrote