Action Verbs

Begin each description of your activities and accomplishments using an action verb.

There are many occupation-specific verbs not mentioned here, but the list should help you vary your vocabulary. Remember to use present tense for present jobs and past tense for past jobs.

accelerated
accomplished
achieved
adapted
administered
advanced
advised
aided
allocated
amplified
analyzed
answered
approved
arbitrated
arranged
assessed
assisted
assumed
augmented
authored
automated
awarded
began
broadened
built
calculated
catalogued
chaired
coached
compiled
completed
computed
conceived
conceptualized
condensed
conducted
constructed
consulted
contained
contracted
contrived
controlled
cooperated
coordinated
counseled
created
cut
decreased
delegated
demonstrated
designed
determined
developed
devised
devoted
diagrammed
directed
displayed
distributed
drafted
edited
effected
eliminated
employed
established
estimated
evaluated
examined
exhibited
expanded
expedited
explored
extended
fabricated
facilitated
focused
formulated
fortified
founded
generated
guided
handles
harmonized
headed
identified
implemented
improved
increased
incorporated
influenced
initiated
innovated
installed
instituted
instructed
interpreted
interviewed
introduced
investigated
involved
launched
led
lectured
listed
maintained
managed
mediated
modified
monitored
motivated
negotiated
observed
operated
ordered
organized
oriented
originated
overhauled
participated
performed
planned
pinpointed
prepared
presented
preserved
presided
processed
produced
programmed
promoted
proposed
proved
provided
published
received
recommended
recorded
recruited
rectified
reduced
re-established
referred
regulated
reinforced
reorganized
represented
researched
reshaped
restored
restructured
revamped
reviewed
revised
scheduled
structured
studied
substituted
suggested
supervised
supported
systematized
taught
trained
trimmed
tutored
unified
used
utilized
volunteered
widened
worked
wrote
 

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