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Resume action verbs increase the strength of your resume. Use resume action verbs regardless of your profession. 


  • Use strong resume action verbs to describe your experience and strengths. Also use action verbs to prepare your cover letters.
  • Don’t limit using resume action verbs only to applying for managerial positions. Also use them for all other jobs that you apply to.
  • Use resume action verbs to match the requirements of the job you are applying for. Also, see resume action phrases to ensure your resume stands out.
  • Also to clearly demonstrate why you are better than the rest. Your resume is your first step to getting the job that you want. 

Common resume action verbs

General accomplishments

Use words such as acted, addressed, allocated, achieved, budgeted and designed. Also developed, encouraged, eliminated, marketed and negotiated. In addition to planned, produced, resolved, specified, trained and revised.


Management, supervision and leadership skills

Use words such as coordinated, delegated, executed, planned and managed. Also, approved, directed, generated and team-built.


Communication and people skills

Use words such as directed, moderated and persuaded.


Technical skills

Use words like calculated, computed, solved, welded and upgraded.


Research, development and analytical skills 

Use words like evaluated, examined and organized.

Creative skills

Use words similar to generated, pinpointed and updated.


Problem solving skills

Use words like resolve, established, implemented and launched.


Teaching skills

Use words like demonstrated, facilitated & represented.


Clerical and administrative skills

Use words similar to inspected, prepared and recorded.


Financial skills 

Use words like adjusted, calculated and reconciled.


While the above are the most common verbs, we frequently add more resume action verbs.


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