Action Verbs

Strong résumés use a variety of action words to describe skills and work experience.

See a longer list of action verbs

Action Words

actively accelerated
adapted
administered
analyzed
approved
arranged
attained
awarded
cataloged
coordinated
conceived
conducted
completed
contracted
controlled
convinced
coordinated
created
delegated
demonstrated
designed
developed
distributed
effected
enlarged
eliminated
established
evaluated
examined
expanded
generated
governed
grouped
guided
handled
harmonized
implemented
improved
increased
indexed
influenced
initiated
installed
instituted
interpreted
invented
investigated
launched
lead
lecture
maintained managed
moderated
modernized
motivated
negotiated
obtained
organized
originated
participated
performed
planned
pinpointed
prepared
presented
presided
produced
programmed
proposed
proved
provided
proficient
recommended
recruited
rectified
reduced
reinforced
reorganized reshaped
responsible
responsibilities
revised
reviewed
saved
scheduled
secured
set up
served in/on
significantly
simplified
sold
solved
sorted
straightened
strategy
streamlined
strengthened
successfully
supervised
supported
taught
trained
worked
wrote

Self-Descriptive Words

active
adaptable
aggressive
alert
ambitious
analytical
attentive
broad minded
conscientious
consistent
constructive
creative
dependable
determined diplomatic
disciplined
discrete
economical
efficient
energetic
enterprising
enthusiastic
extroverted
fair
forceful
imaginative
independent logical
loyal
mature
methodical
objective
optimistic
perceptive
personable
pleasant
positive
practical
productive
reliable
resourceful
respective
self-reliant
sense of humor
sincere
sophisticated
systematic
tactful
talented
will travel
will relocate