Action Verbs

Use action verbs to make your résumé and cover letter more engaging and descriptive.  Think about what exactly you did and how you want to portray your experience. For example, ‘Overhauled Engineering Open House’s marketing strategy,’ implies more hands-on, top-to-bottom effort than, ‘Modified newspaper ads for EOH.’

Communication Skills

Addressed Advertised Advocated Arbitrated Arranged Articulated Authored Clarified Collaborated Communicated Composed Condensed Conferred Consulted Contacted Conveyed Convinced Corresponded Debated Defined Developed Directed Discussed Drafted Edited Elicited Encouraged Enlisted Explained Expressed Formulated Furnished Incorporated Influenced Interacted Interpreted Interviewed Involved Joined Judged Lectured Listened Marketed Mediated Moderated Motivated Negotiated Observed Outlined Participated Persuaded Presented Promoted Proposed Publicized Reconciled Recruited Referred Reinforced Reported Resolved Responded Solicited Specified Spoke Suggested Summarized Synthesized Translated Wrote

Creative Skills Acted Adapted Applied Began Combined Composed Conceptualized Condensed Created Customized Designed Developed Directed Displayed Drew Entertained Established Fashioned Formulated Founded Illustrated Improvised Initiated Instituted Integrated Introduced Invented Modeled Modified Navigated Originated Performed Photographed Planned Presented Revised Revitalized Shaped Solved

Data/Financial Skills Administered Adjusted Allocated Analyzed Appraised Assessed Audited Balanced Budgeted Calculated Compared Computed Conserved Corrected Counted Determined Developed Documented Estimated Forecasted Inventoried Invested Managed Marketed Measured Netted Planned Predicted Prepared Programmed Projected Qualified Quantified Reconciled Recorded Reduced Researched Retrieved Verified

Efficiency Skills Accelerated Allocated Boosted Centralized Downsized Edited Eliminated Enhanced Expanded Expedited Heightened Lessened Leveraged Maximized Merged Optimized Outlined Outsourced Prevented Prioritized Reorganized Reduced Revised Simplified Standardized Streamlined Synthesized Systematized Upgraded

Management/Leadership Skills Achieved Administered Analyzed Appointed Approved Assigned Attained Authorized Chaired Challenged Considered Consolidated Contracted Controlled Converted Coordinated Decided Delegated Developed Directed Eliminated Emphasized Enforced Enhanced Established Evaluated Executed Generated Handled Headed Hired Hosted Implemented Improved Incorporated Increased Initiated Inspected Instituted Intervened Launched Led Managed Mediated Merged Motivated Navigated Organized Originated Overhauled Oversaw Planned Presided Prioritized Produced Recommended Reorganized Replaced Restored Reviewed Scheduled Secured Selected Streamlined Strengthened Supervised Terminated United

Organizational Skills Approved Arranged Catalogued Categorized Charted Classified Coded Collected Compiled Corrected Corresponded Dispatched Distributed Executed Filed Generated Implemented Incorporated Inspected Logged Maintained Monitored Obtained Operated Ordered Organized Prepared Processed Provided Purchased Recorded Registered Reserved Responded Retrieved Reviewed Routed Scheduled Screened Specified Submitted Supplied Standardized Systematized Tabulated Updated Validated Verified

Research Skills Analyzed Clarified Collected Compared Conducted Controlled Critiqued Detected Determined Diagnosed Evaluated Examined Experimented Explored Extracted Formulated Gathered Identified Inspected Interpreted Interviewed Invented Investigated Located Measured Organized Reported Replicated Researched Reviewed Searched Solved Summarized Surveyed Systematized Tested Wrote

Teaching Skills Adapted Advised Aided Clarified Coached Communicated Conducted Coordinated Coordinated Defined Developed Enabled Encouraged Evaluated Explained Facilitated Focused Fostered Guided Helped Incorporated Individualized Informed Initiated Instilled Instructed Lectured Motivated Persuaded Prepared Set goals Simulated Stimulated Supervised Supported Taught Tested Trained Transmitted Tutored

Technical Skills Adapted Analyzed Applied Assembled Built Calculated Computed Conducted Conserved Constructed Converted Debugged Designed Determined Developed Devised Engineered Fabricated Fortified Installed Maintained Operated Overhauled Printed Programmed Rectified Reengineered Regulated Remodeled Repaired Replaced Restored Solved Specialized Standardized Studied Transmitted Upgraded Utilized