Action verbs to use when writing your resume or CV

Click on a heading to reveal a list of action verbs

Words that imply communication

  • Advertised
  • Called
  • Circulated
  • Coached
  • Communicated
  • Conferred
  • Corresponded
  • Discussed
  • Displayed
  • Distributed
  • Edited
  • Emphasized
  • Familiarized
  • Informed
  • Instructed
  • Interested
  • Lectured
  • Oriented
  • Presented
  • Promoted
  • Publicized
  • Recommended
  • Redirected
  • Represented
  • Referred
  • Related
  • Showed
  • Translated
  • Transmitted
  • Tutored
  • Wrote

Words that imply leadership

  • Administered
  • Allocated
  • Appointed
  • Approved
  • Assigned
  • Authorized
  • Awarded
  • Conducted
  • Controlled
  • Delegated
  • Designated
  • Directed
  • Disapproved
  • Discharged
  • Encouraged
  • Enforced
  • Evaluated
  • Executed
  • Governed
  • Hired
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Oversaw
  • Presided
  • Recommended
  • Regulated
  • Required
  • Selected
  • Settled
  • Signed
  • Specified Sponsored
  • Stipulated
  • Supervised

Words that imply organization

  • Arranged
  • Analyzed
  • Assembled
  • Budgeted
  • Calculated
  • Calculated
  • Coordinated
  • Organized
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Purchased
  • Recorded
  • Reported
  • Scheduled

Words that imply initiative

  • Attended
  • Automated
  • Collected
  • Compiled
  • Considered
  • Contemplated
  • Contracted
  • Delivered
  • Discharged
  • Engaged
  • Engineered
  • Established
  • Examined
  • Expedited
  • Founded
  • Handled
  • Implemented
  • Increased
  • Induced
  • Inspected
  • Instituted
  • Insured
  • Interviewed
  • Inventoried
  • Maintained
  • Monitored
  • Moved
  • Operated
  • Packaged
  • Participated
  • Performed
  • Processed
  • Provided
  • Received
  • Recruited
  • Reviewed
  • Shipped
  • Solicited
  • Sorted
  • Staffed
  • Submitted
  • Systematized
  • Trained
  • Utilized
  • Verified

Words that imply results

  • Accomplished
  • Accounted
  • Achieved
  • Advanced
  • Altered
  • Answered
  • Attained
  • Attracted
  • Awarded
  • Benefitted
  • Built
  • Changed
  • Combined
  • Completed
  • Constructed
  • Dismantled
  • Earned
  • Eliminated
  • Enlarged
  • Expanded
  • Finished
  • Generated
  • Identified
  • Improved
  • Manufactured
  • Prevented
  • Produced
  • Profited
  • Reduced
  • Repaired
  • Replaced
  • Solved
  • Tested
  • Turned around
  • Upgraded
  • Marketed
  • Obtained
  • Predicted

Words that imply interpersonal skills

  • Accomplished
  • Adjusted
  • Advised
  • Agreed
  • Arranged
  • Assisted
  • Consulted
  • Contributed
  • Cooperated
  • Counselled
  • Facilitated
  • Guided
  • Harmonized
  • Influenced
  • Mediated
  • Moderated
  • Modified Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Personalized
  • Persuaded
  • Provided
  • Reconciled
  • Related
  • Requested
  • Respected
  • Served
  • Sold
  • Taught

Words that imply creativity

  • Adapted
  • Authored
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Forecasted
  • Formulated
  • Initiated
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Originated
  • Proposed
  • Researched
  • Revised
  • Studied
  • Set up

Sample action verbs at a glance

  • Acted
  • Addressed
  • Anticipated
  • Applied
  • Appraised
  • Arbitrated
  • Assessed
  • Appraised
  • Audited
  • Balanced
  • Catalogued
  • Chaired
  • Charted
  • Checked
  • Clarified
  • Collaborated
  • Compared
  • Computed
  • Conducted
  • Conserved
  • Consolidated
  • Constructed
  • Convinced
  • Critiqued
  • Decided
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Discovered
  • Dispatched
  • Dispensed
  • Disproved
  • Dissected
  • Drafted
  • Dramatized
  • Dred
  • Empathized
  • Energized
  • Enlisted
  • Expanded
  • Experimented
  • Explained
  • Extracted
  • Filed
  • Financed
  • Fixed
  • Gathered
  • Headed
  • Helped
  • Hypothesized
  • Identified
  • Illustrated
  • Improvised
  • Initiated
  • Innovated
  • Inspired
  • Integrated
  • Interpreted
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Involved
  • Issued
  • Judged
  • Justified
  • Launched
  • Led
  • Learned
  • Listened
  • Litigated
  • Lobbied
  • Made
  • Manipulated
  • Mentored
  • Modeled
  • Navigated
  • Observed
  • Offered
  • Painted
  • Perceived
  • Piloted
  • Played
  • Politicked
  • Prescribed
  • Problem-solved
  • Programmed
  • Projected
  • Proposed
  • Protected
  • Questioned
  • Raised
  • Realized
  • Reasoned
  • Rehabilitated
  • Reorganized
  • Reported
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Responded
  • Restored
  • Retrieved
  • Revised
  • Risked
  • Screened
  • Sensed
  • Separated
  • Served
  • Shaped
  • Sketched
  • Spearheaded
  • Specified
  • Spoke
  • Studied
  • Summarized
  • Surveyed
  • Symbolized
  • Tabulated
  • Team-build
  • Tended
  • Traced
  • Trained
  • Transcribed
  • Transformed
  • Traveled
  • Trouble-shod
  • Updated
  • Validated
  • Won

Adjectives

  • Accurate
  • Active
  • Adaptable
  • Advantageous
  • Analytical
  • Artistic
  • Beneficial
  • Betted
  • Bagged
  • Clad
  • Capable
  • Careful
  • Competed
  • Completed
  • Confided
  • Conscientious
  • Considerable
  • Creative
  • Critical
  • Decisive
  • Dependable
  • Desirable
  • Determined
  • Diligent
  • Diplomatic
  • Distinctive
  • Distinguished
  • Durable
  • Dynamic
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Empathic
  • Energetic
  • Esteemed
  • Excelled
  • Exceptional
  • Extraordinary
  • Flexible
  • First-clads
  • First-rated
  • Flourishing
  • Forceful
  • Fruitful
  • Functioned
  • Good
  • Greeted
  • Helpful
  • Humorous
  • Illustrious
  • Imaginative
  • Important
  • Imposing
  • Improved
  • Independent
  • Industrious
  • Influential
  • Innovative
  • Insightful
  • Large
  • Logical
  • Lucrative
  • Major
  • Methodical
  • Money-making
  • More
  • Notable
  • Noteworthy
  • Ongoing
  • Ordered
  • Organized
  • Original
  • Outstanding
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Perfect
  • Phenomena
  • Powerful
  • Practiced
  • Prestigious
  • Productive
  • Professional
  • Profitable
  • Progressive
  • Prominent
  • Prosperous
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Remarkable
  • Renowned
  • Reputable
  • Respected
  • Responsible
  • Resourceful
  • Rewarding
  • Satisfied
  • Sensitive
  • Significant
  • Singular
  • Sizeably
  • Skilful
  • Solid
  • Solved
  • Sound
  • Stabled
  • Strand
  • Substantial
  • Successful
  • Super
  • Superior
  • Supportive
  • Thorough
  • Thriving
  • Todd
  • Upbeat
  • Uncommon
  • Unique
  • Unparalleled
  • Unsurpassed
  • Uppermost
  • Useful
  • Valuable
  • Versatile
  • Winning
  • Workable
  • Worthwhile