150 action words for resumes and cover letters

Action words for resumes

Action words give your resume and cover letter power and direction, and ensure your personal marketing tools are noticed by employers and recruiters. They engage the reader with vivid language that captures what you do and why you do it well.

Here is a list of 150 powerful action verbs to use in your resume and cover letters. Next time you update your resume, include some of these strong, compelling action words to catch employers’ eyes.

Management

Achieved

Approved

Assigned

Attained

Chaired

Commanded

Coordinated

Delegated

Directed

Enlisted

Generated

Implemented

Improved

Increased

Managed

Motivated

Navigated

Oversaw

Recommended

Recruited

Strengthened

Supervised

 

Administration

Administered

Allocated

Appraised

Arranged

Assessed

Catalogued

Classified

Collected

Compiled

Dispatched

Distributed

Executed

Organised

Planned

Prepared

Processed

Purchased

Recorded

Retrieved

Scheduled

Screened

Specified

Systemised

 

Technical

 Accelerated

Adapted

Assembled

Built

Calculated

Computed

Consolidated

Engineered

Fabricated

Inspected

Installed

Maintained

Monitored

Operated

Overhauled

Programmed

Remodelled

Repaired

Revised

Solved

Upgraded

 

Communication

Addressed

Authored

Communicated

Corresponded

Drafted

Edited

Engaged

Expressed

Facilitated

Formulated

Influenced

Interpreted

Mediated

Moderated

Negotiated

Participated

Persuaded

Promoted

Proofed

Publicised

Spoke

Translated

Wrote

 

Creative

Conceived

Created

Demonstrated

Designed

Developed

Devised

Established

Fashioned

Founded

Illustrated

Integrated

Introduced

Invented

Performed

Produced

Rehabilitated

Represented

Revitalised

Shaped

Streamlined

 

Research

Conducted

Critiqued

Detected

Diagnosed

Discovered

Dissected

Evaluated

Examined

Expanded

Extracted

Identified

Interpreted

Interviewed

Investigated

Reviewed

Summarised

Surveyed

Validated

 

Teaching

Aided

Advised

Assisted

Clarified

Coached

Educated

Enabled

Encouraged

Explained

Guided

Informed

Instructed

Lectured

Set goals

Trained

 

Financial

Analysed

Audited

Balanced

Budgeted

Calculated

Forecasted

Projected

Reconciled