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.


Clarified Dispatched Identified Operated Repaired
Adapted Classified Drafted Illustrated Organized Represented
Addressed Coached Edited Implemented Originated Restored
Administered Collaborated Educated Improved Overhauled Retrieved
Advised Collected Enabled Increased Oversaw Revitalized
Advocated Communicated Encouraged Influenced Performed Scheduled
Allocated Compiled Engineered Informed Persuaded Screened
Analyzed Computed Enlisted Initiated Pioneered Set goals
Appraised Conceptualized Established Inspected Planned Shaped
Approved Consolidated Evaluated Instituted Prepared Solved
Arbitrated Contracted Examined Instructed Prioritized Spearheaded
Arranged Convinced Executed Interpreted Processed Specified
Assembled Coordinated Expanded Interviewed Produced Spoke
Assessed Corresponded Expedited Introduced Programmed Stimulated
Assigned Counseled Explained Invented Projected Strengthened
Assisted Created Extracted Investigated Promoted Summarized
Attained Customized Fabricated Lectured Publicized Supervised
Audited Delegated Facilitated Maintained Purchased Surveyed
Authored Demonstrated Familiarized Managed Recommended Tabulated
Balanced Demystified Fashioned Marketed Reconciled Trained
Budgeted Designed Forecasted Mediated Recorded Transformed
Built Developed Formulated Moderated Recruited Translated
Calculated Devised Founded Monitored Referred Upgraded
Catalogued Diagnosed Generated Motivated Rehabilitated Validated
Chaired Directed Guided Negotiated Remodeled Wrote