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500 Action Verbs

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Resume Action Verbs

Resume sentences about responsibilities should start with action verbs. The stronger the verb, the better.


Okay: Documented all procedures.
Better: Wrote procedure manual.

Okay: Coordinated five employees.
Better: Directed five employees.

Okay: Conceived new process.
Better: Created new process.

Accelerated Accomplished Achieved Acquired Acted
Activated Adapted Added Addressed Adhered
Adjusted Administered Adopted Advanced Advertised
Advised Advocated Aided Allocated Amended
Amplified Analyzed Answered Anticipated Applied
Appointed Appraised Approved Arbitrated Arranged
Ascertained Assembled Assessed Assigned Assisted
Attained Attracted Audited Augmented Authored
Authorized Averted Awarded Balanced Bargained
Began Bought Broadened Budgeted Built
Calculated Capitalized Captured Cataloged Catalogued
Centralized Chaired Changed Channeled Charted
Checked Circulated Clarified Classified Coached
Collaborated Collected Combined Commissioned Committed
Communicated Compared Compiled Completed Composed
Computed Conceived Conceptualized Concluded Condensed
Conducted Conferred Conserved Consolidated Constructed
Consulted Contacted Contracted Contrasted Contributed
Controlled Converted Conveyed Convinced Coordinated
Corrected Correlated Corresponded Counseled Created
Critiqued Cultivated Customized Cut Debugged
Decentralized Decided Decreased Deferred Defined
Delegated Delivered Demonstrated Demystified Depreciated
Designated Designed Detected Determined Developed
Devised Devoted Diagnosed Diagrammed Directed
Disclosed Discovered Dispatched Dispensed Displayed
Distributed Diverted Divested Documented Doubled
Drafted Dramatized Drew Earned Edited
Educated Effected Elected Eliminated Emphasized
Employed Enabled Encouraged Enforced Engineered
Enhanced Enlarged Enlisted Ensured Entertained
Established Estimated Evaluated Examined Exceeded
Exchanged Executed Exempted Expanded Expedited
Experimented Explained Explored Expressed Extended
Extracted Fabricated Facilitated Familiarized Fashioned
Finalized Financed Fired Focused Forecasted
Formalized Formed Formulated Fortified Fostered
Found Founded Framed Fulfilled Functioned
Furnished Gained Gathered Gauged Generated
Governed Granted Guaranteed Guided Handled
Headed Heightened Helped Hired Hosted
Hypothesized Identified Illustrated Implemented Improved
Improvised Incorporated Increased Influenced Informed
Initiated Innovated Inquired Inspected Inspired
Installed Instilled Instituted Instructed Insured
Integrated Interacted Interpreted Interviewed Introduced
Invented Inventoried Invested Investigated Involved
Issued Joined Judged Launched Learned
Lectured Led Lightened Liquidated Listened
Litigated Lobbied Localized Located Logged
Made Maintained Managed Manipulated Mapped
Marketed Matched Maximized Measured Mediated
Merchandised Merged Met Minimized Modeled
Moderated Modernized Modified Monitored Motivated
Multiplied Navigated Negotiated Netted Nominated
Observed Obtained Offered Opened Operated
Orchestrated Ordered Organized Originated Outlined
Overhauled Oversaw Painted Participated Patterned
Perceived Performed Permitted Persuaded Photographed
Piloted Pinpointed Pioneered Placed Planned
Predicted Prepared Presented Presided Prevented
Printed Prioritized Probed Processed Procured
Produced Programmed Projected Promoted Proposed
Protected Proved Provided Publicized Published
Purchased Pursued Qualified Quantified Questioned
Quoted Raised Ranked Rated Read
Realized Reasoned Received Recommended Reconciled
Reconstructed Recorded Recovered Recruited Rectified
Redesigned Reduced Referred Refined Regulated
Rehabilitated Reinforced Related Remodeled Rendered
Renegotiated Reorganized Repaired Replaced Reported
Represented Requested Researched Resolved Responded
Restored Restructured Retained Retrieved Revamped
Reviewed Revised Revitalized Routed Salvaged
Satisfied Saved Scheduled Screened Searched
Secured Selected Separated Served Serviced
Set Goals Settled Shaped Shared Showed
Shrank Simplified Simulated Sketched Sold
Solicited Solved Sparked Spearheaded Specialized
Specified Speculated Spoke Sponsored Spread
Stabilized Staffed Staged Standardized Started
Stimulated Strategized Streamlined Strengthened Stressed
Stretched Structured Studied Submitted Substantiated
Succeeded Suggested Summarized Supervised Supplied
Supported Surpassed Surveyed Symbolized Synthesized
Systematized Tabulated Tailored Targeted Taught
Tended Terminated Tested Tightened Traced
Tracked Traded Trained Transacted Transcribed
Transferred Transformed Translated Transmitted Transported
Traveled Trimmed Tripled Tutored Uncovered
Undertook Unified United Unraveled Updated
Upgraded Used Utilized Vacated Validated
Verbalized Verified Volunteered Weighed Widened
Withstood Won Worked Wrote

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