Action words are verbs that imply action and have greater impact when used in most writing, including resumes. The words found in this list are all active verbs that might function as a perfect “fit” somewhere in your resume. Resume Empower contains a much shorter version of this list. For those willing to take the time to search out just the right word, this list could be very helpful. Often we have trouble coming up with just the right word, but when you see the word, it is much easier to sense that it is the perfect word to describe what you did. People also tend to overuse certain words. Using the list can help you produce more variety in your resume, thus making it more interesting.


Accelerated, Accomplished, Accumulated, Achieved, Acquainted, Acquired, Acted as, Activated, Active in, Adapted, Added, Addressed, Adhered, Adjusted, Administered, Advanced, Advertised, Advised, Advocated, Aided, Aligned, Allocated, Altered, Amplified, Analyzed, Announced, Answered, Anticipated, Applied, Appointed, Appraised, Apprised, Appropriated, Approved, Arbitrated, Arranged, Articulated, Ascertained, Assembled, Asserted, Assigned, Assimilated, Assisted, Assured, Attached, Attained, Attended, Attracted, Audited, Augmented, Authored, Authorized, Automated, Awarded.

Backed, Balanced, Bargaimed, Bid, Blended, Boosted, Bought, Briefed, Broadened, Brought, Brought about, Budgeted, Built.

Calculated, Campaigned, Canvassed, Capitalized on, Cared for, Carried out, Catalogued, Caught, Caused, Centralized, Chaired, Championed, Charted, Checked, Clarified, Classified, Closed, Coached, Coined, Collaborated, Collected, Combined, Comforted, Commanded, Commended, Communicated, Compared, Compiled, Completed, Composed, Compounded, Compromised, Computed, Conceived, Concentrated, Conceptualized, Conciliated, Concluded, Condensed, Conducted, Confined, Conserved, Consolidated, Constructed, Consulted, Consummated, Contacted, Contracted, Contributed, Controlled, Converted, Convinced, Cooperated, Coordinated, Corrected, Correlated, Corresponded, Corroborated, Counseled, Created, Criticized, Critiqued, Culminated in, Cultivated, Customized, Cut.

Dealt, Debated, Decided, Decreased, Defined, Delegated, Delivered, Demonstrated, Demystified, Depicted, Derived, Designated, Designed, Detailed, Detected, Determined, Developed, Devised, Diagnosed, Diagrammed, Dictated, Directed, Disciplined, Discovered, Dispatched, Dispensed, Displayed, Disproved, Dissected, Disseminated, Dissuaded, Distributed, Diverted, Documented, Dominated, Doubled, Downsized, Drafted, Dramatized, Drew up, Drove.

Earned, Economized, Edited, Educated, Effected, Elected, Eliminated, Employed, Empowered, Enabled, Enacted, Encouraged, Endorsed, Enforced, Engineered, Enhanced, Enlarged, Enlisted, Ensured, Equipped, Escalated, Established, Estimated, Evaluated, Examined, Exceeded, Executed, Exhibited, Expanded, Expedited, Experienced, Experimented, Explained, Explored, Expressed, Extended, Extracted.

Fabricated, Facilitated, Familiarized, Fashioned, Filed, Finalized, Financed, Fixed, Focused, Followed up, Forced, Forged, Forecasted, Formalized, Formed, Formulated, Fostered, Found, Founded, Fulfilled, Functioned as, Funded, Furthered.

Gained, Galvanized, Gathered, Generated, Governed, Graduated, Grew, Grouped, Guaranteed, Guarded, Guided.

Halved, Handled, Harmonized, Harnessed, Hastened, Headed, Heightened, Helped, Hired.

Identified, Illustrated, Imagined, Implemented, Impressed, Improved, Improvised, Incorporated, Increased, Indexed, Induced, Influenced, Informed, Initiated, Innovated, Inspected, Inspired, Installed, Instigated, Instilled, Instituted, Instructed, Insured, Integrated, Intensified, Interfaced, Interpreted, Interviewed, Introduced, Invented, Inventoried, Invested, Investigated.

Judged, Justified.

Kept, Kindled.

Launched, Lectured, Led, Liaised, Lifted, Listened, Litigated, Lobbied, Localized, Located, Logged, Lowered.

Magnified, Maintained, Managed, Manipulated, Manufactured, Marketed, Mastered, Maximized, Measured, Mechanized, Mediated, Mentored, Merchandised, Merged, Met, Minimized, Mobilized, Moderated, Modernized, Modified, Molded, Monitored, Motivated, Multiplied.

Navigated, Negotiated, Netted, Nominated, Nursed, Nurtured.

Obligated, Obliged, Observed, Obtained, Offered, Opened, Operated, Optimized, Orchestrated, Ordered, Organized, Originated, Outlined, Overcame, Overhauled, Oversaw.

Packaged, Participated, Perceived, Perfected, Performed, Persuaded, Piloted, Pinpointed, Pioneered, Placed, Planned, Played, Positioned, Precipitated, Predicted, Prepared, Prescribed, Presented, Presided, Pressured, Prevented, Printed, Prioritized, Processed, Proclaimed, Procured, Produced, Programmed, Projected, Promoted, Proposed, Protected, Proved, Provided, Publicized, Pulished, Purchased.

Quadrupled, Questioned.

Raised, Ramrodded, Ran, Ranked, Realized, Reassured, Received, Reclaimed, Recognized, Recommended, Reconciled, Recorded, Recruited, Rectified, Redeemed, Redesigned, Redirected, Reduced, Reeducated, Reevaluated, Referred, Refined, Reformed, Requlated, Rehabilitated, Reinforced, Rejuvenated, Related, Remarked, Remedied, Remodeled, Removed, Rendered, Renewed, Reorganized, Repaired, Replaced, Reported, Represented, Reorganized, Researched, Reshaped, Resolved, Responded, Restored, Restructured, Resulted in, Retrieved, Revamped, Reversed, Reviewed, Revised, Revitalized, Revived, Revolutionized, Routed.

Safeguarded, Saved, Schedled, Screened, Secured, Selected, Separated, Served, Served as, Serviced, Set, Set goals, Set up, Settled, Shaped, Shifted, Shipped, Shopped, Shut down, Simplified, Sketched, Sold, Solicited, Solidified, Solved, Sorted, Sourced, Sparked, Spearheaded, Secified, Spoke, Sponsored, Staffed, Standardized, Started, Stated, Steered, Stimulated, Stipulated, Straightened, Streamlined, Strengthened, Stressed, Stretched, Structured, Studied, Substituted, Succeeded, Summarized, Supervised, Supplied, Supported, Surpassed, Surveyed, Swayed, Synchronized, Synthesized, Systematized.

Tabulated, Taught, Terminated, Tested, Took over, Traced, Tracked, Traded, Trained, Transacted, Transcended, Transcribed, Transferred, Transformed, Translated, Transmitted, Treated, Triggered, Trimmed, Tripled, Triumphed, Troubleshot, Turned around, Tutored.

Uncovered, Underwrote, Unearthed, Unified, United, Updated, Upgraded, Upheld, Urged, Utilized.

Vacated, Validated, Verified, Vitalized, Voiced.

Won, Won over, Worked, Wrote.

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