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Describing Your Experience: Resume Action Words

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Describe your experience in simple language using strong verbs. The following list may be helpful. Verbs in BOLDFACE often appear in official descriptions of required experience. These and certain Ainside words@ are sometimes called Abuzz words@ because they trigger a favorable response from knowledgeable examiners.

  • accelerated
  • accomplished
  • accounted for
  • achieved
  • acquired
  • added
  • addressed
  • adjusted
  • ADMINISTERED
  • ADVISED
  • aided
  • allocated
  • alphabetized
  • ANALYZED
  • answered
  • anticipated
  • appeared
  • applied
  • appointed
  • appraised
  • approved
  • arbitrated
  • argued
  • arranged
  • assessed
  • assigned
  • assisted
  • assumed
  • assured
  • attended
  • audited
  • authored
  • authorized
  • awarded
  • began
  • bolstered
  • boosted
  • bought
  • briefed
  • brought
  • budgeted
  • built
  • canceled
  • calculated
  • cataloged
  • caught
  • caused
  • chaired
  • changed
  • checked
  • chopped
  • chose
  • classified
  • cleared up
  • closed
  • collected
  • combined
  • commented
  • communicated
  • compared
  • compiled
  • completed
  • composed
  • computed
  • conceived
  • conceptualized
  • concluded
  • conditioned
  • conducted
  • considered
  • constructed
  • consulted
  • continued
  • contracted
  • controlled
  • converted
  • convinced
  • COORDINATED
  • copied
  • corrected
  • counseled
  • counted
  • crafted
  • created
  • credited
  • critiqued
  • cut
  • debated
  • dealt
  • DECIDED
  • defined
  • delegated
  • delivered
  • demonstrated
  • described
  • designed
  • determined
  • DEVELOPED
  • devised
  • diagnosed
  • did
  • digested
  • diminished
  • DIRECTED
  • discovered
  • discussed
  • distributed
  • documented
  • drafted
  • dramatized
  • drew up
  • dropped
  • earned
  • EDITED
  • educated
  • elected
  • eliminated
  • employed
  • encouraged
  • endorsed
  • enjoyed
  • enlarged
  • enlisted
  • ensured
  • entered
  • ESTABLISHED
  • estimated
  • EVALUATED
  • examined
  • excelled
  • executed
  • exercised
  • expanded
  • expedited
  •  experienced
  • experimented
  • explained
  • explored
  • expressed
  • extended
  • familiarized
  • filed
  • filled
  • financed
  • focused
  • forecast
  • foresaw
  • FORMULATED
  • forwarded
  • fostered
  • found
  • gathered
  • gave
  • grabbed
  • graded
  • granted
  • greeted
  • grossed
  • guided
  • handled
  • hastened
  • heightened
  • helped
  • highlighted
  • hiked
  • housed
  • hunted
  • identified
  • IMPLEMENTED
  • improved
  • included
  • incorporated
  • increased
  • indexed
  • indicated
  • INITIATED
  • influenced
  • innovated
  • inspected
  • installed
  • instructed
  • insured
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • INTRODUCED
  • investigated
  • involved
  • issued
  • joined
  • kept
  • labored
  • launched
  • learned
  • leased
  • lectured
  • led
  • licensed
  • listed
  • located
  • logged
  • made
  • maintained
  • MANAGED
  • mapped
  • matched
  • maximized
  • measured
  • mediated
  • met
  • modified
  • monitored
  • motivated
  • moved
  • named
  • NEGOTIATED
  • netted
  • observed
  • opened
  • operated
  • ordered
  • ORGANIZED
  • overcame
  • oversaw
  • paid
  • painted
  • participated
  • perceived
  • performed
  • PERSUADED
  • pioneered
  • placed
  • PLANNED
  • played
  • policed
  • prepared
  • presented
  • prevailed
  • processed
  • procured
  • produced
  • profited
  • programmed
  • prohibited
  • projected
  • promoted
  • proofed
  • proposed
  • proved
  • provided
  • published
  • purchased
  • pursued
  • put
  • qualified
  • quickened
  • ran
  • ranked
  • rated
  • realized
  • received
  • recognized
  • RECOMMENDED
  • reconciled
  • recruited
  • reduced
  • regulated
  • renovated
  • replaced
  • replied
  • reported
  • represented
  • researched
  • rescued
  • responded
  • resulted in
  • returned
  • revamped
  • revealed
  • reviewed
  • revised
  • saved
  • saw
  • scheduled
  • scouted
  • screened
  • scrutinized
  • selected
  • sent
  • served
  • serviced
  • set
  • shipped
  • shored up
  • showed
  • sifted
  • simplified
  • smoothed
  • SOLVED
  • sorted
  • sought
  • spearheaded
  • specified
  • spoke
  • started
  • stated
  • stopped
  • straightened
  • streamlined
  • strengthened
  • stripped
  • studied
  • SUBMITTED
  • substituted
  • suggested
  • summarized
  • SUPERVISED
  • supported
  • surmounted
  • surveyed
  • tackled
  • targeted
  • taught
  • tested
  • tightened
  • took
  • took over
  • totaled
  • toured
  • tracked
  • trained
  • transferred
  • transformed
  • translated
  • transported
  • traveled
  • treated
  • turned
  • tutored
  • typed
  • uncovered
  • unearthed
  • unfurled
  • updated
  • upped
  • used
  • visited
  • welcomed
  • won
  • worked
  • WROTE

Power Verbs by Career Area: (from Indeed.com)

To show your work ethic:  
Achieved
 Capitalized
 Deciphered
 Discerned
 Drove
 Enacted
 Endeavored
 Established
 Exceeded
 Sharpened
 Shattered
 Sparked
 Spearheaded
 Steered
 Stimulated
 Supervised
 Surpassed

To illustrate your communication skills, try:
Collaborated
 Conveyed
 Enlivened
 Instructed
 Performed
 Presented
 Spoke
 Trained

For creative positions, try:
Authored
 Brainstormed
 Briefed
 Communicated
 Conceptualized
 Curated
 Derived
 Designed
 Diagramed
 Drafted
 Edited
 Illustrated
 Imagined
 Influenced
 Intensified
 Modeled
 Proofread
 Published
 Researched
 Strategized
 Storyboarded
 Translated
 Visualized
 Wrote

For financial positions, try:
Audited
 Classified
 Collected
 Equalized
 Dispensed
 Halted
 Investigated
 Lowered
 Maintained
 Minimized
 Recognized
 Secured

Instead of “duties included,” “responsible for,” “served as,” or “actions encompassed,” try:
Accelerated
 Accomplished
 Analyzed
 Assembled
 Built
 Founded
 Created
 Constructed
 Delivered
 Developed
 Executed
 Expanded
 Finalized
 Forged
 Guided
 Handled
 Headed
 Improved
 Increased
 Initiated
 Implemented
 Instituted
 Produced
 Reached
 Simplified
 Volunteered

For sales positions, try:
Captured
 Conserved
 Converted
 Earned
 Generated
 Maximized
 Negotiated
 Won

For management positions, try:
Advised
 Arranged
 Augmented
 Centralized
 Championed
 Differentiated
 Directed
 Empowered
 Endorsed
 Enforced
 Ensured
 Forecasted
 Fostered
 Identified
 Integrated
 Leveraged
 Reconciled
 Reduced
 Replaced
 Resolved
 Orchestrated
 Optimized
 Predicted
 Renovated

For technical positions, try:
Advanced
 Architected
 Automated
 Coded
 Deployed
 Detected
 Devised
 Diagnosed
 Discovered
 Formulated
 Installed
 Launched
 Networked
 Planned
 Programmed
 Rewrote
 Refined
 Tested
 Troubleshoot
 Upgraded

 

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