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Top Action Words to Improve Your Resume

junk-mail-resume-cover-letterWhen writing your resume, your goal is to present your skill set and accomplishments in the best light to potential employers. One of the best ways to do this is by honing your job descriptions using powerful action verbs. By reading this part of your resume, recruiters should be able to get a firm grasp on the work you’ve done and are capable of doing for them. By choosing the right verbs, you can help them to visualize you at work!

As a first step, go through your resume and look at the verbs you have now. Don’t have any? Consider turning short phrases like “Web design” into statements like “Designed over 20 websites using HTML, Flash, and PHP.” Are the verbs you do have descriptive? If not, use a thesaurus or brainstorm to find better word choices. Instead of “Gave reports to the marketing team,” try “Analyzed consumer data and presented findings to the marketing team.”

Don’t overload your resume with action verbs. Instead, use them to highlight your biggest achievements and most valuable skills. Below is a list of some top action verbs that can help you start! Looking it over may even help you to remember other responsibilities that you have not already listed.
1. Accelerated 35. Empowered 69. Motivated
2. Accomplished 36. Enabled 70. Negotiated
3. Achieved 37. Encouraged 71. Obtained
4. Acted 38. Engineered 72. Operated
5. Adapted 39. Enhanced 73. Orchestrated
6. Administered 40. Enlisted 74. Organized
7. Allocated 41. Established 75. Originated
8. Analyzed 42. Evaluated 76. Overhauled
9. Approved 43. Examined 77. Oversaw
10. Assembled 44. Executed 78. Performed
11. Attained 45. Expedited 79. Pinpointed
12. Boosted 46. Focused 80. Planned
13. Budgeted 47. Forecasted 81. Prepared
14. Built 48. Formulated 82. Prioritized
15. Calculated 49. Founded 83. Processed
16. Catalogued 50. Generated 84. Produced
17. Chaired 51. Guided 85. Reconciled
18. Coached 52. Harnessed 86. Repaired
19. Collaborated 53. Identified 87. Researched
20. Communicated 54. Illustrated 88. Revitalized
21. Compiled 55. Implemented 89. Selected
22. Consolidated 56. Improved 90. Solved
23. Coordinated 57. Increased 91. Spearheaded
24. Created 58. Initiated 92. Stimulated
25. Cultivated 59. Instituted 93. Strengthened
26. Decreased 60. Integrated 94. Succeeded
27. Demonstrated 61. Introduced 95. Surpassed
28. Designed 62. Invented 96. Synergized
29. Developed 63. Launched 97. Troubleshot
30. Diagnosed 64. Led 98. Uncovered
31. Directed 65. Maintained 99. Upgraded
32. Documented 66. Managed 100. Utilized
33. Doubled 67. Mastered
34. Educated 68. Mediated
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