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Career Article 110:
Action Words

By Tamara Dowling, CPRW

Nearly every book on article on the topic of résumé writing will advise you to use high-impact action words, and avoid the passive tense.

When you sit down and actually write, it is tough to come up with some original words.

Here is a list of powerful action words.

-A-

Accelerated
Accomplished
Achieved
Adapted
Administered
Advised
Analyzed
Arranged
Assembled
Assumed responsibility

-B-

Balanced
Blazed
Billed
Built

-C-

Carried out
Channeled
Collected
Communicated
Compiled
Completed
Conceived
Conducted
Controlled
Contracted
Coordinated
Counseled
Created
Cut

-D-

Delegated
Demonstrated
Designed
Determined
Developed
Directed
Dispatched
Distributed
Documented

-E-

Earned
Edited
Effected
Eliminated
Enabled
Energized
Established
Evaluated
Expanded
Expedited

-F-

Facilitated
Found
Functioned as

-G-

Gained
Gathered
Generated
Graded
Graduated

-H- Handled
Hired

-I-

Increased
Influenced
Implemented
Improved
Initiated
Innovated
Inspected
Installed
Instituted
Instructed
Interpreted
Interviewed
Introduced
Invented
Issued

-L-

Launched
Lectured
Led

-M-

Maintained
Managed
Mastered
Met with
Modernized
Motivated

-N-

Negotiated

-O-

Operated
Optimized
Originated
Orchestrated
Ordered
Organized
Oversaw

-P-

Participated
Performed
Pinpointed
Planned
Prepared
Presented
Produced
Programmed
Proved
Provided
Published
Purchased

-R-

Recommended
Recorded
Recruited
Reduced
Referred
Reinforced
Represented
Researched
Revamped
Reviewed
Revised
Revitalized

-S-

Saved
Scheduled
Screened
Served
Set up
Simplified
Sold
Solved
Spearheaded
Standardized
Steered
Structured
Suggested
Supervised
Supported
Surpassed

-T-

Taught
Tested
Trained
Translated
Tripled
Typed

-U-

Underwrote
Updated
Used

-W-

Won
Wrote

 
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