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Action Verbs

Start your  résumé statements with action verbs to better describe your skills to recruiters.

Refer to the following categories to find appropriate verbs to enhance your résumé.

Communication and People Skills

Accounted

Addressed

Advertised

Advised

Apprised

Arbitrated

Articulated

Assisted 

Authored

Clarified

Coached

Collaborated

Communicated

Composed

Condensed

Conferred

Consulted

Contacted

Conveyed

Convinced

Corresponded

Counseled

Debated

Defined

Demonstrated

Described

Developed

Directed

Disciplined

Incorporated

Influenced

Interacted

Interpreted

Interviewed

Involved

Joined

Judged

Lectured

Listened

Marketed

Mediated

Moderated

Negotiated

Observed

Outlined

Participated

Persuaded

Presented

Promoted

Proposed

Publicized

Reconciled

Recruited

Referred

Reinforced

Reported

Resolved

Responded

Creative Skills

Acted

Adapted

Began

Brainstormed

Combined

Composed

Conceptualized

Condensed

Constructed

Created

Customized

Designed

Developed

Directed

Displayed

Drew

Enhanced

Established

Fashioned

Formulated

Founded

Illustrated

Implemented

Improved

Initiated

Instituted

Integrated

Introduced

Invented

Modeled

Originated

Performed

Photographed

Planned

Presented

Produced

Revised

Revitalized

Shaped

Solved

Wrote

Data and Financial Skills

Accounted

Administered

Adjusted

Allocated

Analyzed

Appraised

Articulated

Assessed

Audited

Authored

Balanced

Budgeted

Calculated

Chartered

Classified

Compared

Computed

Conserved

Consolidated

Corrected

Determined

Developed

Entered

Estimated

Evaluated

Filed

Financed

Forecasted

Logged

Managed

Marketed

Measured

Netted

Planned

Prepared

Programmed

Projected

Published

Qualified

Reconciled

Reduced

Researched

Retrieved

Summarized

Tabulated

Transmitted

Typed

Helping Skills

Adapted

Advocated

Aided

Answered

Arranged

Assessed

Assisted

Cared for

Clarified

Coached

Collaborated

Contributed

Cooperated

Counseled

Demonstrated

Diagnosed

Educated

Encouraged

Ensured

Expedited

Facilitated

Familiarized

Furthered

Guided

Helped

Insured

Intervened

Motivated

Prevented

Provided

Referred

Rehabilitated

Represented

Resolved

Simplified

Supplied

Supported

Volunteered

Management and Leadership Skills

Administered

Analyzed

Appointed

Approved

Assigned

Attained

Authorized

Chaired

Considered

Consolidated

Contracted

Controlled

Converted

Coordinated

Decided

Eliminated

Emphasized

Enforced

Enhanced

Established

Executed

Generated

Handled

Headed

Hired

Hosted

Improved

Incorporated

Increased

Initiated

Inspected

Instituted

Led

Managed

Merged

Motivated

Navigated

Organized

Originated

Overhauled

Oversaw

Planned

Presided

Prioritized

Produced

Recommended

Reorganized

Replaced

Restored

Reviewed

Scheduled

Secured

Selected

Streamlined

Strengthened

Supervised

Terminated

Organizational Skills

Approved

Arranged

Catalogued

Categorized

Charted

Classified

Coded

Collected

Corrected

Corresponded

Distributed

Executed

Filed

Generated

Implemented

Incorporated

Inspected

Logged

Maintained

Monitored

Obtained

Operated

Ordered

Organized

Prepared

Processed

Provided

Purchased

Recorded

Registered

Reserved

Responded

Reviewed

Routed

Scheduled

Screened

Set up

Submitted

Supplied

Standardized

Systematized

Updated

Validated

Verified

Research Skills

Analyzed

Clarified

Collected

Compared

Conducted

Critiqued

Detected

Determined

Diagnosed

Evaluated

Examined

Experimented

Explored

Extracted

Formulated

Gathered

Identified

Inspected

Interviewed

Invented

Investigated

Located

Measured

Organized

Researched

Reviewed

Searched

Solved

Summarized

Surveyed

Systematized

Tested