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List of Action Verbs for Resumes

!!! The most powerful words are verbs. And the most powerful verbs are action verbs

You should use plenty of action verbs in your resume, matched to your skills, and use them in the active form, not the passive form. Which of these two sentences do you think is the more powerful?

  • active form: I increased sales by a hundred percent.
  • passive form: Sales were increased by a hundred percent.
action verbs

Here is a list of typical action verbs categorised by skill:

Communication skills

  • address
  • arbitrate
  • correspond
  • draft
  • edit
  • lecture
  • mediate
  • motivate
  • negotiate
  • persuade
  • present
  • publicise
  • reconcile
  • speak
  • write

Management skills

  • assign
  • attain
  • chair
  • coordinate
  • delegate
  • direct
  • execute
  • organise
  • oversee
  • plan
  • recommend
  • review
  • strengthen
  • supervise
  • train

Research skills

  • collect
  • critique
  • define
  • detect
  • diagnose
  • evaluate
  • examine
  • explore
  • extract
  • identify
  • inspect
  • interpret
  • investigate
  • summarise
  • survey

Technical skills

  • assemble
  • build
  • calculate
  • devise
  • engineer
  • fabricate
  • maintain
  • operate
  • overhaul
  • program
  • remodel
  • repair
  • solve
  • upgrade

Creative skills

  • conceptualise
  • create
  • design
  • fashion
  • form
  • illustrate
  • institute
  • integrate
  • invent
  • originate
  • perform
  • revitalise
  • shape

Financial skills

  • administer
  • allocate
  • analyse
  • appraise
  • audit
  • balance
  • budget
  • calculate
  • control
  • compute
  • develop
  • forecast
  • project

Sales skills

  • sell
  • convert
  • close
  • deal
  • persuade
  • highlight
  • satisfy
  • win over
  • sign

Teaching skills

  • advise
  • clarify
  • coach
  • elicit
  • enable
  • encourage
  • explain
  • facilitate
  • guide
  • inform
  • instruct
  • persuade
  • stimulate
  • train