120 Great Action Verbs For Your Resume

by | Resumes & LinkedIn

Action verbs help make your career documents more impactful and powerful, so your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and other professional development collateral should be sprinkled with an array of action verbs.

But what action verbs should you use on your resume? Are there specific terms that will make your resume stand out in the saturated job market? Below are 120+ of my favorite terms to use on your resume and other career documents. They’re organized by:

  • Leadership action verbs
  • Teaching action verbs
  • Creative action verbs
  • Technical action verbs
  • Financial action verbs
  • Communication action verbs
  • Helping action verbs
  • Administrative action verbs
  • Research action verbs
  • Additional action verbs

Leadership Action Verbs for Your Resume

Achieved
Assessed
Coordinated
Developed
Directed
Executed
Founded
Hired
Implemented
Led
Managed
Oversaw
Project-Managed
Recruited
Supervised

Teaching Action Verbs for Your Resume

Adapted
Coached
Conducted
Educated
Enabled
Encouraged
Explained
Inspired
Instructed
Stimulated
Taught
Trained

Creative Action Verbs for Your Resume

Conceptualized
Created
Customized
Designed
Fashioned
Illustrated
Integrated
Performed
Revised
Revitalized
Streamlined
Structured

Technical Action Verbs for Your Resume

Assembled
Built
Discovered
Maintained
Pinpointed
Programmed
Repaired
Solved
Troubleshot

Financial Action Verbs for Your Resume

Administered
Allocated
Analyzed
Appraised
Audited
Balanced
Budgeted
Calculated
Decreased
Increased
Planned
Projected

Communication Action Verbs for Your Resume

Authored
Collaborated
Drafted
Edited
Influenced
Informed
Mediated
Presented
Reported

Helping Action Verbs for Your Resume

Assisted
Counseled
Demonstrated
Facilitated
Guided
Motivated
Participated
Referred
Rehabilitated
Reinforced
Represented
Supported

Administrative Action Verbs for Your Resume

Approved
Arranged
Centralized
Compiled
Generated
Monitored
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Purchased
Processed
Recorded
Scheduled
Screened
Systematized

Research Action Verbs for Your Resume

Collected
Diagnosed
Evaluated
Examined
Identified
Inspected
Interpreted
Interviewed
Investigated
Researched
Reviewed
Surveyed

Additional Action Verbs for Your Resume

Conceived
Doubled, Tripled
Drank Coffee
Eliminated
Expanded
Improved
Initiated
Launched
Partnered
Promoted
Spearheaded
Transformed

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About Dr. Kyle Elliott

About Dr. Kyle Elliott

Dr. Kyle Elliott is the founder and career coach behind CaffeinatedKyle.com. His expertise is in Silicon Valley and high-tech. As a result of working with Dr. Elliott, senior managers and executives have landed jobs at Meta, Amazon, Google, and nearly every other tech giant you can imagine.

A trusted career expert, Dr. Elliott’s words have been featured on Business Insider, CNBC, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fortune, and The New York Times, among dozens of other leading publications. He has been recognized as a Best Career & Interview Coach, Best Resume Writer for Silicon Valley/Tech Managers & Executives, and LinkedIn Top Voice (the platform’s highest honor).

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