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Resume Action Verbs in Action: A


Action verbs form the heart of resume experience sections, with most bullet points in these sections ideally kicking off with powerful action verbs. You can find lists of action verbs for use in resumes (and cover letters) all over the Internet, but this Quintessential Careers tool provides samples of how these action verbs can be used. These verbs, from resumes for many professions, are shown in both past-tense (for past jobs) and present-tense (for current jobs). See more samples over the next several days.

“A” Action Verbs in Action

  • Accelerated time-to-market for embedded software by 25 percent through use of appropriate software quality tools, improved debugging methods, and timely personnel training.
  • Accomplished shift from Large Quantity Generator status to Small Quantity Generator Status.
  • Accounted for more than 25 percent of company’s revenues.
  • Achieved profitability in highly competitive industry and significant growth of services in all market categories against 8 direct competitors.
  • Acted as co-facilitator for work group and partnered with facilitator to help coordinate group’s work.
  • Added four new customers, a new industry, and more than $1 million in revenue.
  • Address deeply rooted, beneath-the-surface systemic causes of organizational problems/conflicts that plague instead of merely tackling known symptoms.
  • Administer $2 million in contracts with City of Orlando to operate Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Programs.
  • Advised management regarding accounting processes, findings, and financial performance.
  • Aligned and trained management staff to focus on attaining world class service levels through quality feedback to staff utilizing Witness Monitoring System, top-level training programs and targeted interviewing/hiring specifications.
  • Applied global experiences and localized process to create relevance to Japan, which involved learning entire process and identifying high leverage points in Japan context.
  • Architected operational and financial business cases for outsourcing. Assessed effectiveness of 16,000-employee Symantec’s global payroll operations (APAC and EMEA).
  • Assumed and maintained P&L responsibility for administrative departments, including Human Resources, HRIS, MIS, Training and Development, Safety, Security, Internal Audit, Benefits and Compensation, Legal, Insurance, Travel, and Internal Investigations.
  • Assured programmatic and budgetary compliance of programs according to funding objectives.
  • Attracted 33 new corporate memberships over 12 months after corporate membership campaign design and implementation.
  • Audited corporate client reports of portfolio holdings and transactions on accounts containing equities, fixed income, and derivatives.
  • Authored paper for publication in New Jersey Association of School Business Officials magazine on implications of Sarbanes-Oxley Act to New Jersey School Districts.
  • Avoided $700,000 annual cost through negotiation of multiyear master lease agreement with U.S. Government.
  • Awarded U.S. patent for developing solution to common industry problem related to calibration; solution resulted in lower maintenance cost for customers.