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280+ Action Verbs for Resume Writing

In the world of grammar, a verb expresses an action that a person can perform. But when it comes to resume writing, verbs take on an even more powerful and important role.

Experts agree that carefully utilizing action verbs results in an effective and impactful resume. Your word choice can also help you better present your skills and experience to potential employers. Take a look at the example below:

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The highlighted words are action verbs that energize each statement. Action verbs are particularly effective in describing work achievements and experiences, which means you should focus on using them in your Summary, Work History and Professional Skills sections. You can find more examples of action verbs in a resume by exploring our library of resume examples.

According to Harvard University and Berkeley University, the following are strong action verbs you can use. Choose the ones that apply to you and create your resume using our user-friendly Resume Builder.

Communication action verbs

  • Addressed
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Authored
  • Collaborated
  • Convinced
  • Corresponded
  • Delivered
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Documented
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Energized
  • Enlisted
  • Formulated
  • Influenced
  • Interpreted
  • Lectured
  • Liaised
  • Mediated
  • Moderated
  • Negotiated
  • Persuaded
  • Presented
  • Promoted
  • Publicized
  • Reconciled
  • Recruited
  • Reported
  • Rewrote
  • Suggested
  • Synthesized
  • Translated
  • Verbalized
  • Wrote

Examples for a journalist resume:

  • Wrote investigative reports every trimester and over 40 articles in a single year.
  • Delivered articles and reports ahead of schedule, pushing forward deadlines an average of 40% of the time.
  • Presented new and progressive story ideas that lead to viral articles, such as "The Time I Jumped" and "The Future of Technology and Music."

Creative action verbs

  • Acted
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Conceptualized
  • Created
  • Customized
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Established
  • Fashioned
  • Founded
  • Illustrated
  • Initiated
  • Instituted
  • Integrated
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Originated
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Published
  • Redesigned
  • Revised
  • Revitalized
  • Shaped
  • Visualized

Examples for a creative director resume:

  • Designed all printed materials, including newspaper ads, banners, flyers and handouts.
  • Planned promotions and giveaways in retail spaces for clients such as Kandi and GO Energy Drinks.
  • Conceptualized original campaign executions for over 10 brands in traditional and social media.

Clerical action verbs

  • Approved
  • Arranged
  • Cataloged
  • Classified
  • Collected
  • Compiled
  • Dispatched
  • Executed
  • Generated
  • Implemented
  • Inspected
  • Monitored
  • Operated
  • Organized
  • Prepared
  • Processed
  • Purchased
  • Recorded
  • Retrieved
  • Screened
  • Specified
  • Tabulated
  • Validated

Examples for a call center supervisor resume:

  • Monitored call center with over 50 employees and made sure all calls were handled in a timely manner.
  • Implemented proactive ideas to better customer service and call times.
  • Prepared and trained new employees to effectively handle their tasks and join the team.

Helping action verbs

  • Assessed
  • Assisted
  • Clarified
  • Coached
  • Counseled
  • Demonstrated
  • Diagnosed
  • Educated
  • Enhanced
  • Expedited
  • Facilitated
  • Familiarized
  • Guided
  • Motivated
  • Participated
  • Proposed
  • Provided
  • Referred
  • Rehabilitated
  • Represented
  • Served
  • Supported

Examples for a library assistant resume:

  • Assisted head librarian by sorting over 60 books and magazines into their respective spaces daily.
  • Provided service to an average of 35 patrons per day.
  • Helped patrons by searching for standard reference materials, including online sources and databases.

Leadership action verbs

  • Achieved
  • Administered
  • Analyzed
  • Assigned
  • Attained
  • Chaired
  • Consolidated
  • Contracted
  • Coordinated
  • Delegated
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Earned
  • Evaluated
  • Executed
  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Impacted
  • Improved
  • Increased
  • Led
  • Mastered
  • Orchestrated
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Predicted
  • Prioritized
  • Produced
  • Proved
  • Recommended
  • Regulated
  • Reorganized
  • Reviewed
  • Scheduled
  • Spearheaded
  • Strengthened
  • Supervised
  • Surpassed

Examples for a project manager resume:

  • Led team of 30 construction workers to the safe and successful completion of commercial and residential projects.
  • Improved project time efficiency by 45%, finishing construction of over 8 projects in a shorter period of time.
  • Coordinated with subcontractors and suppliers to source higher quality materials and better equipment.

Organizational action verbs

  • Accelerated
  • Added
  • Arranged
  • Broadened
  • Cataloged
  • Centralized
  • Changed
  • Classified
  • Collected
  • Completed
  • Controlled
  • Defined
  • Executed
  • Expanded
  • Gained
  • Gathered
  • Generated
  • Implemented
  • Inspected
  • Launched
  • Monitored
  • Operated
  • Organized
  • Prepared
  • Processed
  • Purchased
  • Recorded
  • Reduced
  • Reinforced
  • Retrieved
  • Selected
  • Simplified
  • Sold
  • Specified
  • Steered
  • Structured
  • Unified
  • Updated
  • Utilized
  • Verified

Examples for a software engineer resume:

  • Successfully launched back-end programming utilizing LAMP stack, PHP 5, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Implemented new C# class library for the SQL server database access layer.
  • Updated previous web page frameworks continuously.

Measurable action verbs

  • Administered
  • Allocated
  • Analyzed
  • Appraised
  • Audited
  • Balanced
  • Budgeted
  • Calculated
  • Computed
  • Developed
  • Forecasted
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Maximized
  • Minimized
  • Planned
  • Projected
  • Researched

Examples for an auditor resume:

  • Developed auditing programs to address risks and evaluate regulatory requirements.
  • Audited funds for over 30 clients to meet proper accounting, reporting and disbursement requirements.
  • Planned annual audit reports to evaluate internal controls for domestic and international offices.

Research action verbs

  • Clarified
  • Collected
  • Concluded
  • Conducted
  • Constructed
  • Critiqued
  • Derived
  • Determined
  • Diagnosed
  • Discovered
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Extracted
  • Formed
  • Identified
  • Inspected
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Investigated
  • Modeled
  • Organized
  • Resolved
  • Reviewed
  • Summarized
  • Surveyed
  • Systematized
  • Tested

Examples for a data scientist resume:

  • Tested end-to-end machine prototypes and ran them in production environments, increasing efficiency by 15%.
  • Reviewed and worked with development teams to determine, execute and deliver data solutions.
  • Examined previous information architectures to create an improved design.

Teaching action verbs

  • Adapted
  • Advised
  • Clarified
  • Coached
  • Communicated
  • Coordinated
  • Demystified
  • Developed
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Evaluated
  • Explained
  • Facilitated
  • Guided
  • Informed
  • Instructed
  • Persuaded
  • Set Goals
  • Stimulated
  • Studied
  • Taught
  • Trained

Examples for a teacher resume:

  • Developed and implemented daily lesson plans for classroom of 30 students.
  • Encouraged student curiosity and learning through fun classroom activities.
  • Coordinated stimulating field trips to museums, aquariums and age-appropriate exhibitions.

Technical action verbs

  • Assembled
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Computed
  • Designed
  • Devised
  • Engineered
  • Fabricated
  • Installed
  • Maintained
  • Operated
  • Optimized
  • Overhauled
  • Programmed
  • Remodeled
  • Repaired
  • Solved
  • Standardized
  • Streamlined
  • Upgraded

Examples for an IT specialist resume:

  • Optimized existing documentation systems, resulting in an increased workplace efficiency by 32%.
  • Maintained company's computer software by installing all the updates necessary when needed.
  • Solved employee tickets in a timely manner.

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