Action Verbs

How to use action verbs in resume and cover letter benefit statements

The Action Verb Tip You Must Read!

Use action verbs in this format for your resumes and cover letters:

Action verbTell what you didState the result (cost savings, increased sales, etc.).

State the result at the end to impress. The last thing read is often remembered.

Examples:

  • Reduced expenses by comparative shopping and saved the company $100k over six months
  • Applied lean startup principles from product idea to release and grew sales to one million in just one year

Action Verbs by Topic

Clerical or Detail Action Verbs

  • activated
  • altered
  • assembled
  • approved
  • arranged
  • catalogued
  • classified
  • collected
  • compiled
  • described
  • dispatched
  • edited
  • estimated
  • executed
  • gathered
  • generated
  • implemented
  • inspected
  • listed
  • maintained
  • monitored
  • observed
  • operated
  • organized
  • overhauled
  • prepared
  • processed
  • proofread
  • published
  • purchased
  • recorded
  • reduced
  • retrieved
  • screened
  • specified
  • streamlined
  • systematized

Communication Action Verbs

  • addressed
  • arbitrated
  • arranged
  • authored
  • communicated
  • corresponded
  • counseled
  • developed
  • defined
  • directed
  • drafted
  • edited
  • enlisted
  • formulated
  • influenced
  • interpreted
  • lectured
  • mediated
  • moderated
  • motivated
  • negotiated
  • persuaded
  • promoted
  • publicized
  • reconciled
  • reunited
  • renegotiated
  • reported
  • researched
  • summarized
  • spoke
  • translated
  • wrote

Creative Action Verbs

  • acted
  • applied
  • composed
  • conceived
  • conceptualized
  • created
  • designed
  • developed
  • directed
  • established
  • evaluated
  • fashioned
  • formed
  • formulated
  • founded
  • illustrated
  • instituted
  • integrated
  • introduced
  • invented
  • loaded
  • molded
  • originated
  • perceived
  • performed
  • planned
  • presented
  • produced
  • refined
  • rewrote
  • updated

Financial Action Verbs

  • audited
  • balanced
  • budgeted
  • calculated
  • compared
  • adjusted
  • administered
  • allocated
  • analyzed
  • appraised
  • computed
  • developed
  • estimated
  • forecast
  • forecasted
  • managed
  • marketed
  • planned
  • projected
  • reevaluated
  • reconciled
  • researched
  • sold

Helping Action Verbs

  • advised
  • aided
  • assessed
  • assisted
  • brought
  • clarified
  • coached
  • coordinated
  • counseled
  • dealt
  • demonstrated
  • diagnosed
  • educated
  • encouraged
  • enlisted
  • expedited
  • facilitated
  • familiarized
  • guided
  • helped
  • inspired
  • maintained
  • modified
  • performed
  • referred
  • rehabilitated
  • represented
  • supported
  • upheld

Management Action Verbs

  • achieved
  • administered
  • analyzed
  • assigned
  • attained
  • chaired
  • conceived
  • contracted
  • consolidated
  • coordinated
  • decided
  • delegated
  • developed
  • directed
  • encouraged
  • evaluated
  • executed
  • handled
  • implemented
  • improved
  • incorporated
  • increased
  • inspired
  • launched
  • led
  • managed
  • motivated
  • organized
  • outlined
  • oversaw
  • planned
  • prioritized
  • produced
  • recommended
  • reevaluated
  • rejected
  • reported
  • reviewed
  • scheduled
  • strengthened
  • supervised
  • united

Research Action Verbs

  • clarified
  • collected
  • conceived
  • critiqued
  • detected
  • diagnosed
  • disproved
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • extracted
  • identified
  • inspected
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • investigated
  • organized
  • researched
  • reported
  • reviewed
  • searched
  • studied
  • summarized
  • surveyed
  • systematized
  • wrote

Resume Action Verbs

  • anticipated
  • arbitrated
  • ascertained
  • charted
  • checked
  • classified
  • collected
  • completed
  • conducted
  • conserved
  • consolidated
  • constructed
  • controlled
  • coordinated
  • counseled
  • created
  • decided
  • defined
  • delivered
  • detailed
  • detected
  • determined
  • devised
  • diagnosed
  • directed
  • discovered
  • dispensed
  • displayed
  • disproved
  • dissected
  • distributed
  • diverted
  • dramatized
  • drew
  • drove
  • eliminated
  • empathized
  • enforced
  • established
  • estimated
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • expanded
  • experimented
  • explained
  • expressed
  • extracted
  • filed
  • financed
  • fixed
  • followed
  • formulated
  • founded
  • gathered
  • gave
  • generated
  • guided
  • handled
  • headed
  • helped
  • hypothesized
  • identified
  • illustrated
  • imagined
  • implemented
  • improved
  • improvised
  • increased
  • influenced
  • informed
  • initiated
  • innovated
  • inspected
  • installed
  • instituted
  • instructed
  • integrated
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • invented
  • inventoried
  • investigated
  • judged
  • kept
  • led
  • learned
  • lectured
  • lifted
  • listened
  • logged
  • maintained
  • made
  • managed
  • manipulated
  • mediated
  • memorized
  • modeled
  • monitored
  • motivated
  • navigated
  • negotiated
  • observed
  • obtained
  • offered
  • operated
  • ordered
  • organized
  • originated
  • painted
  • perceived
  • performed
  • persuaded
  • photographed
  • piloted
  • planned
  • played
  • predicted
  • prepared
  • prescribed
  • presented
  • printed
  • processed
  • produced
  • programmed
  • questioned
  • raised
  • read
  • realized
  • reasoned
  • received
  • recommended
  • reconciled
  • painted
  • perceived
  • performed
  • persuaded
  • photographed
  • piloted
  • planned
  • played
  • predicted
  • prepared
  • prescribed
  • presented
  • printed
  • processed
  • produced
  • programmed
  • projected
  • promoted
  • proof-read
  • protected
  • provided
  • publicized
  • purchased
  • recorded
  • recruited
  • reduced
  • referred
  • rehabilitated
  • related
  • rendered
  • repaired
  • reported
  • represented
  • researched
  • resolved
  • responded
  • restored
  • retrieved
  • reviewed
  • risked
  • scheduled
  • selected
  • sensed
  • separated
  • served
  • sewed
  • shaped
  • shared
  • showed
  • sketched
  • solved
  • sorted
  • summarized
  • supervised
  • supplied
  • symbolized
  • synergized
  • synthesized
  • systematized
  • talked
  • taught
  • tended
  • tested
  • trained
  • transcribed
  • translated
  • traveled
  • treated
  • troubleshot
  • tutored
  • typed
  • unified
  • united
  • upgraded
  • used
  • utilized
  • verbalized
  • warned
  • washed
  • weighed
  • wired
  • worked

Teaching Action Verbs

  • adapted
  • advised
  • clarified
  • coached
  • communicated
  • coordinated
  • defined
  • developed
  • enabled
  • encouraged
  • evaluated
  • explained
  • facilitated
  • guided
  • informed
  • initiated
  • instructed
  • lectured
  • persuaded
  • presented
  • set goals
  • stimulated
  • taught
  • trained
  • updated

Technical Action Verbs

  • analyzed
  • assembled
  • built
  • calculated
  • computed
  • designed
  • devised
  • engineered
  • fabricated
  • inspected
  • maintained
  • operated
  • overhauled
  • programmed
  • remodeled
  • repaired
  • solved
  • trained
  • upgraded

All Action Verbs

  • achieved
  • acted
  • activated
  • adapted
  • addressed
  • adjusted
  • administered
  • advised
  • aided
  • allocated
  • altered
  • analyzed
  • applied
  • appraised
  • approved
  • arbitrated
  • arranged
  • assembled
  • assessed
  • assigned
  • assisted
  • attained
  • audited
  • authored
  • balanced
  • brought
  • budgeted
  • built
  • calculated
  • catalogued
  • chaired
  • clarified
  • classified
  • coached
  • collected
  • communicated
  • compared
  • compiled
  • composed
  • computed
  • conceived
  • conceptualized
  • consolidated
  • contracted
  • coordinated
  • corresponded
  • counseled
  • created
  • critiqued
  • dealt
  • decided
  • defined
  • delegated
  • demonstrated
  • described
  • designed
  • detected
  • developed
  • devised
  • diagnosed
  • directed
  • dispatched
  • disproved
  • drafted
  • edited
  • educated
  • enabled
  • encouraged
  • engineered
  • enlisted
  • established
  • estimated
  • evaluated
  • examined
  • executed
  • expedited
  • explained
  • extracted
  • fabricated
  • facilitated
  • familiarized
  • fashioned
  • forecast
  • forecasted
  • formed
  • formulated
  • founded
  • gathered
  • generated
  • guided
  • handled
  • helped
  • identified
  • illustrated
  • implemented
  • improved
  • incorporated
  • increased
  • influenced
  • informed
  • initiated
  • inspected
  • inspired
  • instituted
  • instructed
  • integrated
  • interpreted
  • interviewed
  • introduced
  • invented
  • investigated
  • launched
  • lectured
  • led
  • listed
  • loaded
  • maintained
  • managed
  • marketed
  • mediated
  • moderated
  • modified
  • molded
  • monitored
  • motivated
  • negotiated
  • observed
  • operated
  • organized
  • originated
  • outlined
  • overhauled
  • oversaw
  • perceived
  • performed
  • persuaded
  • planned
  • prepared
  • presented
  • prioritized
  • processed
  • produced
  • programmed
  • projected
  • promoted
  • proofread
  • publicized
  • published
  • purchased
  • recommended
  • reconciled
  • recorded
  • reduced
  • reevaluated
  • referred
  • refined
  • rehabilitated
  • rejected
  • remodeled
  • renegotiated
  • repaired
  • reported
  • represented
  • researched
  • retrieved
  • reunited
  • reviewed
  • rewrote
  • scheduled
  • screened
  • searched
  • set goals
  • sold
  • solved
  • specified
  • spoke
  • stimulated
  • streamlined
  • strengthened
  • studied
  • summarized
  • supervised
  • supported
  • surveyed
  • systematized
  • taught
  • trained
  • translated
  • united
  • updated
  • upgraded
  • upheld
  • wrote

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