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Action Verbs for Resumes

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These are the types of words you would use to describe your accomplishment and job duties. 

**Remember to use the present and past tense correctly on resumes, if you are working at a job now you want to write in the present tense.  If you left a job, you want to write in the past tense. 

  • Accomplished  
  • Achieved  
  • Acted  
  • Activated  
  • Adjusted  
  • Administered  
  • Advertised  
  • Advocated  
  • Aided  
  • Analyzed  
  • Approved  
  • Arranged  
  • Assembled  
  • Assisted  
  • Balanced  
  • Budgeted  
  • Built  
  • Calculated  
  • Chaired  
  • Collaborated  
  • Collected  
  • Communicated  
  • Complied  
  • Composed  
  • Computed  
  • Conducted  
  • Constructed  
  • Consulted  
  • Contracted  
  • Controlled  
  • Corrected  
  • Created  
  • Decided  
  • Defined  
  • Delegated  
  • Delivered  
  • Demonstrate  
  • Designed  
  • Determined  
  • Developed  
  • Devised  
  • Diagnosed  
  • Discovered  
  • Distributed  
  • Drafted  
  • Earned  
  • Edited  
  • Effected  
  • Eliminated  
  • Empowered  
  • Enforced  
  • Established  
  • Evaluated  
  • Examined  
  • Executed  
  • Expanded  
  • Expedited  
  • Experimented  
  • Explained  
  • Familiarized  
  • Filed  
  • Facilitated  
  • Forecasted  
  • Gathered  
  • Governed  
  • Increased  
  • Generated  
  • Headed  
  • Helped  
  • Hired  
  • Identified  
  • Implemented  
  • Improved  
  • Improvised  
  • Influenced  
  • Initiated  
  • Informed  
  • Inspected  
  • Installed  
  • Instructed  
  • Interpreted  
  • Interviewed  
  • Introduced  
  • Invented  
  • Investigated  
  • Launched  
  • Led  
  • Maintained  
  • Manipulated  
  • Marketed  
  • Mastered  
  • Matched  
  • Measured  
  • Mediated  
  • Met  
  • Modeled  
  • Moderated  
  • Modernized  
  • Modified  
  • Monitored  
  • Motivated  
  • Multiplied  
  • Navigated  
  • Observed  
  • Obtained  
  • Offered  
  • Operated  
  • Ordered  
  • Organized  
  • Originated  
  • Outlined  
  • Participated  
  • Problem-solved  
  • Oversaw  
  • Piloted  
  • Performed  
  • Prepared  
  • Presided  
  • Presented  
  • Prevented  
  • Prioritized  
  • Processed  
  • Procured  
  • Persuaded  
  • Promoted  
  • Produced  
  • Proposed  
  • Protected  
  • Proved  
  • Publicized  
  • Purchased  
  • Quantified  
  • Raised  
  • Read  
  • Realized  
  • Reasoned  
  • Received  
  • Recognized  
  • Repaired  
  • Reported  
  • Represented  
  • Recommended  
  • Reconciled  
  • Reconstructed  
  • Recruited  
  • Redesigned  
  • Reduced  
  • Referred  
  • Refined  
  • Regulated  
  • Rehabilitated  
  • Reinforced  
  • Related  
  • Reordered  
  • Reorganized  
  • Researched  
  • Resolved  
  • Restructured  
  • Retrieved 
  • Revamped  
  • Reviewed  
  • Revised  
  • Revitalized  
  • Salvaged  
  • Scheduled  
  • Secured  
  • Selected   
  • Setup 
  • Shared  
  • Shaped  
  • Showed  
  • Simplified  
  • Sketched  
  • Sold  
  • Solicited  
  • Served  
  • Solved  
  • Sorted  
  • Spearheaded  
  • Standardized  
  • Stimulated  
  • Streamlined  
  • Strengthened  
  • Structured  
  • Submitted  
  • Succeeded  
  • Summarized  
  • Supervised  
  • Supplemented  
  • Supported  
  • Surpassed  
  • Tailored  
  • Targeted  
  • Taught  
  • Trained  
  • Transcribed  
  • Transformed  
  • Translated  
  • Tutored  
  • Uncovered  
  • Updated  
  • Upgraded  
  • Utilized  
  • Verified  
  • Wrote  
  • Yielded  
  • Zeal 

Keep in mind that there are a lot of other action verbs that can be used. 

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