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Resume Writing: Action Verbs

Be active, not passive… replace the passive words in your resume with these action verbs, we’re sure you can find some you like…

Abbreviated Accented Accentuated Accepted
Accessed Accomplished Achieved
Acquired
Activated
Adapted Adjudicated Administered Advanced
Advised
Advocated
Aided Aimed
Allocated
Allotted
Alphaed Ameliorated Amplified
Analyzed Anticipated
Applied
Appointed
Apportioned
Appraised
Apprised
Appropriated
Approved
Argued
Armed
Aroused
Arranged
Arranged
Arrayed
Articulated
Ascertained
Ascribed
Assaulted
Assembled
Assessed
Assigned
Assumed
Assured
Attained
Augmented
Authenticated
Authored
Authorized
Automated
Averted

Back-channeled
Balanced
Banned
Bartered
Battered
Began
Bested
Betaed
Bettered
Bid
Blasted
Blended
Blistered
Blueprinted
Booted
Bootstrapped
Brainstormed
Broadcast
Broke
Brokered
Budgeted
Built
Branded

Campaigned
Canned
Carved
Cautioned
Chaired
Championed
Charged
Charmed
Charted
Chartered
Chose
Christened
Circumnavigated
Claimed
Clarified
Classified
Clawed
Cleaned
Closed
Coaxed
Collaborated
Collected
Combined
Commanded
Commandeered
Commissioned
Communicated
Compacted
Completed
Composed
Comprised
Compromised
Computerized
Conceived
Concentrated
Concepted
Concluded
Condensed
Conducted
Conferred
Confirmed
Conquered
Conserved
Consolidated
Constructed
Consulted
Consummated
Contracted
Contrived
Controlled
Conveyed
Coordinated
Cornered
Corralled
Correlated
Counseled
Crafted
Crashed
Created
Culled
Cultivated
Curated

Data dumped
Dealt
Deciphered
Decoded
Delegated
Deliberated
Delivered
Depicted
Derived
Designated
Designed
Detected
Determined
Devalued
Developed
Devised
Devolved
Diagnosed
Diagrammed
Dictated
Directed
Disbursed
Disclosed
Dispatched
Dispensed
Distilled
Distributed
Dominated
Downloaded
Drafted
Drove

Earned
Eased
Economized
Edited
Editorialized
Elevated
Elicited
Embellished
Emphasized
Employed
Empowered
Enabled
Enacted
Encompassed
Encouraged
Enforced
Engaged
Engineered
Enlarged
Enlisted
Ensured
Entitled
Enriched
Envisioned
Epitomized
Erased
Erected
Escalated
Established
Evaluated
Evolved
Exacted
Exalted
Examined
Exchanged
Executed
Exemplified
Expanded
Expedited
Expressed
Expropriated
Extended
Extolled
Extracted
Extruded
Exulted

Facilitated
Familiarized
Farmed
Fashioned
Featured
Filed
Fire-tested
Fired
Firewalled
Fixed
Flamed
Focused
Followed
Forced
Forged
Forecast
Foresaw
Forewarned
Formed
Formulated
Fortified
Fostered
Founded
Framed
Front-channeled
Fronted
Fulfilled
Fumigated
Functioned
Furthered
Found

Galvanized
Game-planned
Ganged
Garaged
Garnered
Garnished
Gave
Generated
Gerrymandered
Girded
Going for the gold
Governed
Granted
Grew
Guided

Hacked
Hampered
Handled
Harassed
Hatched
Heightened
Held
Helped
Herded
Highlighted
Honed

Identified
Illustrated
Imagined
Imagineered
Impinged
Implemented
Imposed
Impressed
Inaugurated
Increased
Incubated
Inculcated
Induced
Influenced
Informed
Ingrained
Initiated
Inspected
Inspired
Installed
Instituted
Instructed
Integrated
Intensified
Interfaced
Interlocked
Internetworked
Interpreted
Interred
Intersected
Intertwined
Introduced
Inundated
Invented
Investigated
Issued
Italicized

Jilted Joined Jousted Judged

Labored
Lambasted
Launched
Laundered
Learned
Lectured
Led
Levied
Liaised
Localized
Located
Locked
Locked In
Locked On
Logged
Logged On

Magnified
Maimed
Mainstreamed
Maintained
Managed
Mandated
Maneuvered
Manned
Mapped
Marginalized
Marked
Marketed
Married
Mastered
Matriculated
Measured
Merchandised
Merged
Merited
Met
Moderated
Monitored
Moored
Motivated

Named
Narrated
Narrowed
Navigated
Negated
Negotiated
Nested
Netted
Neutered
Neutralized
Nominalized
Normalized
Notified

Obtained
Ombudsmanned
Operated
Opined
Orchestrated
Ordered
Organized
Originated
Outreached
Overcame
Oversaw

Packaged
Panned
Paralleled
Parleyed
Patterned
Penned
Perfected
Permitted
Persuaded
Pictured
Piloted
Pinpointed
Pioneered
Placed
Planned
Planted
Pointed
Polished
Positioned
Posted
Postured
Prepared
Presented
Presided
Prevailed
Prevented
Procured
Produced
Programmed
Projected
Promised
Promoted
Prompted
Promulgated
Propagated
Proposed
Proved
Provided
Provisioned
Publicized
Punished
Purchased
Purged
Pursued
Pushed

Quarterbacked
Quelled
Queued
Quickened
Quieted  Quit

Railroaded
Raised
Ramrodded
Ran
Rated
Rationalized
Rationed
Reached
Realized
Reaped
Recognized
Recommended
Recorded
Recounted
Recovered
Recruited
Rectified
Redeemed
Reduced
Re-enacted
Reflected
Reformed
Regionalized
Registered
Regaled
Regulated
Reinforced
Related
Relayed
Reported
Represented
Requisitioned
Resolved
Responded
Restructured
Retrained
Retrenched
Retrofitted
Revamped
Revised
Righted

Safeguarded
Salvaged
Sanctified
Sanctioned
Sanitized
Saved
Scheduled
Scratched
Scrimmaged
Sculpted
Secured
Seized
Selected
Sent
Served
Set
Set Up
Settled
Shadowed
Sharpened
Shepherded
Shouldered
Simplified
Situated
Slamdunked
Slammed
Slashed
Sold
Solidified
Solved
Spawned
Spearheaded
Specified
Spurred
Staged
Starred
Stationed
Steered
Stimulated
Stipulated
Stirred
Stored
Stormed
Strategized
Streamlined
Strengthened
Stressed
Struck
Structured
Summarized
Supervised
Supported
Surfed
Surpassed
Surveyed
Sustained
Swayed
Symbolized
Synergized
Synthesized

Tailed
Tail-gunned
Targeted
Taxed
Terminated
Terra-formed
Tracked
Trailed
Trained
Transformed
Translated
Transported
Troubleshoot

Underscored
Unified
Unilateralized
Unlinked
Unveiled
Updated
Upgraded
Uplifted
Uplinked
Utilized

Validated
Valued
Vaulted
Vented
Verified
Vetoed
Visualized
Voted

Warmed
Warranted
Whipped
Wielded
Won
Worked
Wounded
Wrapped
Wrestled
Wronged
Wrote
Wrung
Yielded
Zeroed in on
Zoomed in
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