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List of Resume Action Verbs and Power Words

Action Verbs and Power Words for Resumes and Cover Letters

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Include action verbs in your resume and cover letters.

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The following is a list of resume action verbs and power words to include in your resumes and cover letters. Use these words to write a compelling resume that will get selected by the hiring manager and the software they use to screen applications.

Action Verbs and Power Words for Resumes and Job Letters

A - D

  • Absorb
  • Accelerate
  • Access
  • Accomplish
  • Accrue
  • Acquire
  • Achieve
  • Act
  • Activate
  • Adapt
  • Address
  • Adjust
  • Administer
  • Advertise
  • Advise
  • Advocate
  • Affirm
  • Aid
  • Alert
  • Align
  • Allocate
  • Analyze
  • Apply
  • Appraise
  • Approve
  • Arbitrate
  • Arranged
  • Assemble
  • Assess
  • Assign
  • Assist
  • Attain
  • Authorize
  • Award
  • Begin
  • Brief
  • Bring
  • Broadcast
  • Budget
  • Build
  • Calculate
  • Campaign
  • Certify
  • Chaired
  • Change
  • Chart
  • Check
  • Choose
  • Clarify
  • Classify
  • Coach
  • Collaborate
  • Collate
  • Collect
  • Combine
  • Communicate
  • Compare
  • Compile
  • Complete
  • Comply
  • Compose
  • Compute
  • Conceptualize
  • Conclude
  • Condense
  • Conduct
  • Confer
  • Configure
  • Connect
  • Conserve
  • Consolidate
  • Construct
  • Consult
  • Contact
  • Continue
  • Contribute
  • Control
  • Convert
  • Convey
  • Convince
  • Coordinate
  • Correspond
  • Counsel
  • Critique
  • Cultivate
  • Customize
  • Decide
  • Declare
  • Decline
  • Decorate
  • Dedicate
  • Define
  • Delegate
  • Deliver
  • Demonstrate
  • Depreciate
  • Describe
  • Design
  • Determine
  • Develop
  • Devise
  • Diagnose
  • Direct
  • Dispatch
  • Dispense
  • Distribute
  • Document
  • Draft

E - H

  • Edit
  • Educate
  • Emphasize
  • Encourage
  • Enforce
  • Engineer
  • Enhance
  • Ensure
  • Establish
  • Estimate
  • Evaluate
  • Examine
  • Execute
  • Expand
  • Expedite
  • Explain
  • Fabricate
  • Facilitate
  • Finance
  • Focus
  • Forecast
  • Formulate
  • Foster
  • Fund
  • Furnish
  • Gain
  • Generate
  • Graduate
  • Greet
  • Guide
  • Handle
  • Help
  • Hire
  • Host

I - M

  • Identify
  • Illustrate
  • Implement
  • Improve
  • Improvise
  • Increase
  • Index
  • Influence
  • Inform
  • Initiate
  • Innovate
  • Inspire
  • Install
  • Institute
  • Integrate
  • Interact
  • Interview
  • Introduce
  • Investigate
  • Itemize
  • Join
  • Justify
  • Launch
  • Learn
  • Lecture
  • Led
  • Lessen
  • Lift
  • Link
  • Listen
  • Maintain
  • Manage
  • Manipulate
  • Map
  • Market
  • Measure
  • Mediate
  • Merge
  • Mobilize
  • Modify
  • Monitor
  • Motivate

N - S

  • Negotiate
  • Observe
  • Obtain
  • Open
  • Operate
  • Order
  • Organize
  • Originate
  • Outpace
  • Outperform
  • Participate
  • Perform
  • Persuade
  • Plan
  • Prepare
  • Present
  • Prevent
  • Printed
  • Prioritize
  • Process
  • Produce
  • Program
  • Promote
  • Propose
  • Prospect
  • Prove
  • Provide
  • Publicize
  • Purchase
  • Pursue
  • Qualify
  • Run
  • Rate
  • Reach
  • Receive
  • Recommend
  • Reconcile
  • Record
  • Recruit
  • Reduce
  • Refer
  • Refocus
  • Regulate
  • Reorganize
  • Repair
  • Replace
  • Report
  • Represent
  • Research
  • Reserve
  • Resolve
  • Respond
  • Restore
  • Restructure
  • Retrieve
  • Review
  • Revise
  • Revitalize
  • Schedule
  • Screen
  • Search
  • Secure
  • Select
  • Send
  • Serve
  • Share
  • Seize
  • Showcase
  • Simplify
  • Solve
  • Sort
  • Specialize
  • Specify
  • Sponsor
  • Staff
  • Standardize
  • Start
  • Succeed
  • Suggest
  • Summarize
  • Supervise
  • Supply
  • Support
  • Surpass
  • Survey
  • Sustain

T - Z

  • Target
  • Teach
  • Test
  • Track
  • Trade
  • Train
  • Transact
  • Transcribe
  • Transform
  • Translate
  • Transmit
  • Transport
  • Tutor
  • Unite
  • Update
  • Upgrade
  • Use
  • Utilize
  • Validate
  • Value
  • Verify
  • View
  • Volunteer
  • Watch
  • Weigh
  • Witness
  • Write
  • Yield

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