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Action Verb List for Resumes and Cover Letters 

Use these action verbs to highlight the skills that you've gained and developed through your work history, involvement in activities, leadership positions, and/or volunteer work. 

Creative Skills 

Acted

Began Combined Composed
Conceived Conceptualized Condensed Created
Customized Designed Deveoped Devised
Directed Displayed Diversified Drew
Entertained Established Fashioned Formulated
Founded Illustrated Improvised Initiated
Innovated Instituted Integrated Introduced
Invented Manufactured Modeled Modified
Opened Originated Performed Photographed
Planned Revised Shaped Solved

Communication Skills  

Addressed Advertised Arbitrated Arranged
Articulated Authored Clarified Collaborated
Communicated Composed Condensed Conferred
Consulted Contacted Conveyed Convinced
Corresponded Counseled Debated Defined
Described Developed Directed Discussed
Drafted Edited Elicited Enlisted
Explained Expressed Forumlated Furnished
Greeted Incorporated Influenced Interacted
Interpreted Interviewed Involved Joinded
Judged Justified Lectured Listened
Marketed Nediated Met Moderated
Negotiated Notified Observed Outlined
Participated Persuaded Presented Promoted
Proposed Proved Publicized Published
Read Recalled Reconciled Recruited
Referred Reinforced Related Relayed
Renewed Reported Resolved Responded
Served Serviced Solicitated Specified
Spoke Suggested Summarized Synthesized
Translated Wrote

Financial Skills 

Administered Adjusted Allocated Analyzed
Appraised Assessed Audited Balanced
Budgeted Calculated Compared Computed
Conserved Corrected Determined Developed
Estimated Figured Financed Forecasted
Increased Inventoried Invoiced Listed
Managed Marked Maketed Measured
Numbered Planned Prepared Priced
Programmed Projected Reconciled Reduced
Researched Retrieved Saved

Helping Skills 

Actively Adapted Accompanied Advocated
Aided Allowed Answered Arranged
Assessed Assisted Cared For Clarified
Coached Collaborated Contributed Cooperated
Counseled Demonstrated Diagnosed Educated
Encouraged Ensured Expedited Facilitated
Familiarized Furthered Guided Helped
Indexed Insured Intervened Learned
Motivated Prevented Provided Referred
Rehabilitated Represented Resolved Simplified
Supported Volunteered

Management Skills 

Accelerated Accomplished Acquired Administered
Advanced Analyzed Appointed Approved
Assigned Attained Attended Authorized
Changed Chaired Commanded Considered
Consolidated Contained Contracted Controlled
Converted Coordinated Cut Deceased
Decuded Delegated Delivered Develooped
Directed Eliminated Emphasized Emplyed
Enforced Enhanced Established Executed
Experimented Generated Governed Handled
Headed Hired Hosted Improved
Incorporated Initiated Inspected Issued
Instituted Launched Led Managed

Merged

Motivated Organized Originated
Overhauled Oversaw Piloted Presided
Prioritized Produced Recommended Regulated
Reorganized Replaced Responsible For Restored
Reviewed Scheduled Secured Selected
Streamlined Strenghtened Supervised Terminated

Organizational Skills 

Approved Arranged Catalogues Categorized
Charted Classified Cleaned Cleared
Closed Coded Collected Compiled
Corrected Corresponded Deposited Detailed
Dismantled Dispensed Distributed Exchanged
Executed Filed Finished Fitted
Generated Implemented Incorporated Inspected
Logged Maintained Monitored Obtained
Operated Ordered Packaged Packed
Pinpointed Placed Posted Prepared
Processed Proficient Provided Purchased
Rearranged Recieved Recirded Registered
Reserved Responded Restructured Revamped
Reversed Reviewed Routed Scheduled
Screened Sent Separated Set Up
Solidified Sorted Submitted Supplied
Standardized Stocked Stored Striaghtened
Structured Systemized Trimmed Typed
Updated Vaidated Verified

Teaching Skills 

Adapted Advised Clarified Coached
Communicated Conducted Coordinated Counseled
Developed Enabled Encouraged Evaluated
Explained Facilitated Focused Guided
Graded Improvised Individualized Informed
Instilled Instructed Licensed Motivated
Persuaded Prompted Set Goals Schooled
Showed Simulated Stimulated Taught
Tested Trained Transmitted Tutored

Technical Skills  

Assembled Adapted Applies Attached
Built Calculated Computed Conserved
Constructed Converted Debugged Designed
Determined Developed Engineered Fabricated
Fixed Fortified Installed Loaded
Maintained Operated Priced Printed
Programmed Rebuilt Rectified Registered
Regulated Remodeled Repaired Replaced
Restored Specialized Standardized Studies
Upgraded Utilized

Research Skills

Analyzed Accumulated Chart Collected
Checked Compared Conducted Counted
Critiqued Detected Determined Diagnosed
Discovered Evaluated Examined Experimented
Explored Extracted Formulated Gathered
Graphed Identified Indexed Indicated
Inspected Interpreted Interviewed Invented
Investigated Located Measured Organized
Researched Searched Solved Summarized
Surveyed Systemized Tabulated Tallied
Tested

More Words for Accomplishments 

Adjusted Achieved Completed Earned
Expanded Exceeded Mastered Overcame
Perfected Pioneered Reduced Resolved
Spearheaded Succeesed Surpassed Transformed

 

  

  


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