List of Action Words

Using a variety of action words on your resume or curriculum vitae, can bring your skills and experiences to life. Try to avoid using each word more than once.

Alphabetical List of Action Words

A

Abstracted
Achieved
Acquired
Acted
Adapted
Addressed
Administered
Advertised
Advocated
Aided
Allocated
Analyzed
Answered
Anticipated
Applied
Appraised
Approved
Arranged
Ascertained
Assembled
Assessed
Assisted
Attained
Audited
Augmented
Authored

B

Bolstered
Briefed
Brought
Budgeted
Built

C

Calculated
Cared
Charged
Chartered
Checked
Clarified
Classified
Coached
Collaborated
Collected
Comforted
Communicated
Compared
Compiled
Completed
Composed
Computed
Conceived
Conducted
Conserved
Constructed
Consulted
Contracted
Contributed
Controlled
Converted
Cooperated
Coordinated
Correlated
Counseled
Created
Critiques
Cultivated

D

Debated
Decided
Delegated
Delivered
Designed
Detected
Determined
Developed
Diagnosed
Directed
Discovered
Displayed
Distributed
Drafted
Documented

E

Edited
Eliminated
Emphasized
Enabled
Enforced
Enlisted
Established
Estimated
Evaluated
Examined
Exceeded
Excelled
Expanded
Experimented
Explained
Explored

G

Guided
Gathered
Gained

H

Helped
Headed
Handled

I

Interviewed
Integrated
Instructed
Instituted
Inspected
Informed
Influenced
Increased
Improved
Implemented
Imagined
Illustrated
Identified
Investigated
Invented
Introduced

J

Judged

L

Launched
Learned
Lectured
Led
Lifted
Listed
Listened
Located
Logged

M

Made
Maintained
Managed
Manipulated
Mapped
Mastered
Maximized
Meditated
Memorized
Mentored
Met
Minimized
Modeled
Modified
Monitored
Motivated

N

Narrated
Negotiated

O

Observed
Obtained
Offered
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Originated
Overcame
Oversaw

P

Participated
Perfected
Performed
Persuaded
Planned
Practiced
Predicted
Prepared
Presented
Prioritized
Produced
Programmed
Projected
Promoted
Proposed
Protected
Proved
Provided
Published
Purchased

Q

Queried
Questioned

R

Raised
Ran
Ranked
Read
Reasoned
Received
Recommended
Reconciled
Recorded
Reduced
Referred
Related
Relied
Repaired
Reported
Represented
Researched
Resolved
Responded
Restored
Revamped
Reviewed

S

Scanned
Scheduled
Screened
Selected
Served
Set goals
Shaped
Sketched
Solved
Spearheaded
Specialized
Spoke
Strategized
Streamlined
Studied
Succeeded
Suggested
Summarized
Supervised
Supported
Surveyed
Sustained

T

Talked
Taught
Tended
Tested
Theorized
Trained
Translated
Tutored

U

Undertook
Updated
Upgraded
Utilized

V

Validated
Verified
Visualized

W

Weighed
Won
Wrote