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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. 

For more information, visit the following sites! 

Judy Jones

Judy is a certified Career Facilitator. She has worked with many patrons over the past four years assisting them in writing effective resumes and cover letters. She has guided individuals through the online job application process and has helped them register for Ohio Means Jobs. If you need assistance or would like to send her your resume for review, please email her at jjjones@libraryvisit.org. If you would like to call her to book an appointment, please call 330-744-8636. Judy in also an avid Anglophile! She likes to read British History, fiction and non-fiction, likes to watch TV shows and movies related to British History and often likes to pick at the historical accuracy of such shows.