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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
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