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Action Verbs

Start off sentences with action verbs like the ones below, to convey both achievement and enthusiasm in your resumé. 

  • Accelerated
  • Accommodated
  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Acted
  • Activated
  • Adapted
  • Addressed
  • Adjusted
  • Administered
  • Admitted
  • Advanced
  • Advised
  • Aided
  • Alleviated
  • Allocated
  • Allowed
  • Amended
  • Analyzed
  • Anticipated
  • Appointed
  • Appraised
  • Approved
  • Approximated
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Attained
  • Audited
  • Augmented
  • Authored
  • Authorized

 

  • Balanced
  • Boosted
  • Branded
  • Budgeted
  • Built

  • Calculated
  • Catalogued
  • Centralized
  • Certified
  • Chaired
  • Charted
  • Checked
  • Clarified
  • Classified
  • Coached
  • Commissioned
  • Communicated
  • Compared
  • Compiled
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Computed
  • Conceived
  • Conducted
  • Conserved
  • Consolidated
  • Constructed
  • Consulted
  • Contracted
  • Contributed
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Convinced
  • Cooperated
  • Coordinated
  • Correlated
  • Corresponded
  • Counseled
  • Created

 

 

  • Debugged
  • Decided
  • Deciphered
  • Defined
  • Delegated
  • Deliberated
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Disbursed
  • Dispatched
  • Displayed
  • Dissected
  • Distributed
  • Doubled
  • Drafted
  • Dramatized
  • Drove

 

  • Earned
  • Edited
  • Educated
  • Elevated
  • Elicited
  • Eliminated
  • Empathized
  • Employed
  • Empowered
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Enforced
  • Engineered
  • Enhanced
  • Enlarged
  • Enriched
  • Enumerated
  • Envisioned
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Executed
  • Exercised
  • Exhibited
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Experimented
  • Explained
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Familiarized
  • Filed
  • Finalized
  • Financed
  • Fixed
  • Followed
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Founded

 

  • Gathered
  • Gave
  • Generated
  • Grew
  • Grouped
  • Guided 

 

  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Helped
  • Hired

  • Identified
  • Illustrated
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Increased
  • Indexed
  • Influenced
  • Informed
  • Initiated
  • Innovated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Integrated
  • Interceded
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Invented
  • Inventoried
  • Investigated
  • Involved
  • Issued

 

 

  • Judged

 

  • Kept

 

  • Launched
  • Learned
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Licensed
  • Linked
  • Listened
  • Logged

 

  • Made
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Measured
  • Mediated
  • Memorized
  • Mentored
  • Met
  • Minimized
  • Moderated
  • Modernized
  • Modified
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Moved
  • Multiplied 

 

  • Navigated
  • Negotiated

 

  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Offered
  • Officiated
  • Operated
  • Orchestrated
  • Ordered
  • Organized
  • Originated
  • Overhauled
  • Oversaw

 

  • Perceived
  • Performed
  • Persuaded
  • Photographed
  • Piloted
  • Pioneered
  • Planned
  • Played
  • Polished
  • Predicted
  • Prepared
  • Prescribed
  • Presented
  • Printed
  • Prioritized
  • Processed
  • Procured
  • Produced
  • Programmed
  • Projected
  • Promoted
  • Proofread
  • Protected
  • Provided
  • Publicized
  • Purchased
  • Queried
  • Questioned

 

  • Raised
  • Rated
  • Read
  • Realized
  • Received
  • Recommended
  • Reconciled
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Rectified
  • Reduced
  • Referred
  • Refined
  • Reformed
  • Regulated
  • Rehabilitated
  • Reinforced
  • Related
  • Relieved
  • Remedied
  • Remembered
  • Remodeled
  • Rendered
  • Reorganized
  • Repaired
  • Reported
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Reserved
  • Reshaped
  • Resolved
  • Responded
  • Restored
  • Retrieved
  • Revamped
  • Reversed
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Revitalized

 

  • Sanctioned
  • Satisfied
  • Scheduled
  • Screened
  • Scrutinixzed
  • Secured
  • Selected
  • Set
  • Settled
  • Set up
  • Shared
  • Showed
  • Simplified
  • Sketched
  • Sold
  • Solicited
  • Solved
  • Sought
  • Spearheaded
  • Specified
  • Spoke
  • Stimulated
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Studied
  • Submitted
  • Succeeded
  • Suggested
  • Summarized
  • Supervised
  • Supplemented
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surveyed
  • Synthesized

 

  •  Tabulated
  • Taught
  • Tested
  • Traced
  • Trained
  • Transacted
  • Transcribed
  • Transformed
  • Translated
  • Transmitted
  • Treated
  • Typed

 

 

  • Unified
  • Updated
  • Upgraded
  • Utilized

 

  • Validated
  • Valued
  • Verified

 

 

  •  Wrote