Strong CV action verbs & action words (sometimes referred to as keywords or power verbs) increase the strength of your CV.  

To follow is a free list of strong action verbs under several categories;

  • For management, supervision & leadership skills, use words such as executed, improved, increased, oversaw, supervised, managed and prioritized.
  • For communication & people skills, use verbs like addressed, developed, influenced and negotiated.
  • For technical skills, use words such as assembled, fabricated, operated and programmed.
  • For clerical & administrative skills, use words like arranged, collected, ordered and purchased.
  • For problem solving and development skills use words such as created, designed and improved.
  • For financial skills use words such as audited, budgeted and balanced.
  • For teaching skills use words similar to coached, instructed and persuaded.
  • For helping skills use words such as assisted, guided and volunteered.
  • For research and analytical skills use verbs similar to developed, documented, edited and investigated
  • For creative skills use words similar to customized, invented, originated and revised.
  • For general accomplishments, use words such as acted, adapted, addressed, advised, allocated, approved, achieved, assessed, budgeted, calculated, designed, developed, directed, drafted, edited, enabled, encouraged, eliminated, examined, executed, forecasted, founded, generated, guided, initiated, inspected, instructed, introduced, invented, maintained, managed, marketed, negotiated, oversaw, persuaded, planned, produced, projected, promoted, resolved, specified, strengthened and trained.

Also see our CV action phrases and statements and CV action verbs & phrases usage tips.

While the above CV action verbs are a variety of the more common action verbs, we frequently update the above list.

 

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