Resume writing – Action Verbs List

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Are you using a few verbs like analyzed, did, conducted, researched, pitched throughout your resume? Chance is most candidates are using the same action verbs in their resumes. Imagine the interviewers look at 100 resumes for the same position…

  • What is Action Verbs?

Action verbs are the opposite of linking verbs or being verbs. Action verbs can be defined as “expresses achievements or something a person does in a concise, persuasive manner.”

  • Why Action Verbs?

Using action verbs can emphasize your skills, contribution and achievements in a concise and powerful way.
We have compiled a list of action verbs to help our resume stand out from others’:

  1. Communication / People Skills
  • Addressed
  • Advertised
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Articulated
  • Authored
  • Clarified
  • Collaborated
  • Communicated
  • Composed
  • Condensed
  • Conferred
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Conveyed
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Debated
  • Defined
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Discussed
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Elicited
  • Enlisted
  • Explained
  • Expressed
  • Formulated
  • Furnished
  • Incorporated
  • Influenced
  • Interacted
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Involved
  • Joined
  • Judged
  • Lectured
  • Listened
  • Marketed
  • Mediated
  • Moderated
  • Negotiated
  • Observed
  • Outlined
  • Participated
  • Persuaded
  • Presented
  • Promoted
  • Proposed
  • Publicized
  • Reconciled
  • Recruited
  • Referred
  • Reinforced
  • Reported
  • Resolved
  • Responded
  • Solicited
  • Specified
  • Spoke
  • Suggested
  • Summarized
  • Synthesized
  • Translated
  • Wrote

 

    2. Analytical and technical skills

  • Adapted
  • Analyzed
  • Assembled
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Clarified
  • Collected
  • Compared
  • Computed
  • Conducted
  • Conserved
  • Constructed
  • Converted
  • Critiqued
  • Debugged
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Diagnosed
  • Engineered
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Experimented
  • Explored
  • Extracted
  • Fabricated
  • Fortified
  • Formulated
  • Gathered
  • Identified
  • Inspected
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Installed
  • Located
  • Maintained
  • Measured
  • Operated
  • Organized
  • Overhauled
  • Printed
  • Programmed
  • Rectified
  • Regulated
  • Remodeled
  • Repaired
  • Replaced
  • Restored
  • Solved
  • Specialised
  • Standardized
  • Studied
  • Upgraded
  • Utilised

 

     3. Management and leadership skills

 

  • Administered
  • Analyzed
  • Appointed
  • Approved
  • Assigned
  • Attained
  • Authorized
  • Chaired
  • Considered
  • Consolidated
  • Contracted
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Coordinated
  • Decided
  • Delegated
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Dliminated
  • Emphasized
  • Enforced
  • Enhanced
  • Established
  • Executed
  • Generated
  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Hired
  • Hosted
  • Improved
  • Incorporated
  • Increased
  • Initiated
  • Inspected
  • Instituted
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Merged
  • Motivated
  • Organized
  • Originated
  • Overhauled
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Presided
  • Prioritized
  • Produced
  • Recommended
  • Reorganized
  • Replaced
  • Restored
  • Reviewed
  • Scheduled
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Supervised
  • Terminated

 

 

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