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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Action Verbs

Since the average employer only briefly scans a resume, what they begin reading first is critical. Leading with active verbs and strong phrases can draw the employer in and invite them to read the rest of your statement. Passive or vague verbs and statements risk being overlooked or undervalued. The following list contains powerful verbs organized by skill sets. The verbs in each category provide examples of action verbs used to describe related tasks.

Categories: Customer Service; Social Services; Organization Involvement; Research Assistant; Teaching/Education; Clerical (General); Academic; Business/Finance; and Technical/Computer.

Customer Service
Advertised
Aided
Anticipated
Applied
Assembled
Communicated
Cooperated
Created
Delegated
Developed
Discussed
Displayed
Facilitated
Fostered
Implemented
Interacted
Managed
Organized
Solicited
Trained
Social Services
Accompanied
Bridged
Checked
Coached
Counseled
Demonstrated
Educated
Encouraged
Gathered
Guided
Instructed
Integrated
Introduced
Maintained
Mediated
Oversaw
Partnered
Planned
Promoted
Supervised
Organization
Involvement

Acted
Adopted
Advocated
Allotted
Changed
Charted
Contacted
Conveyed
Coordinated
Delivered
Designed
Established
Formed
Headed
Initiated
Led
Orchestrated
Proposed
Resolved
Serviced
Research
Assistant

Administered
Advanced
Assessed
Authored
Compiled
Conducted
Constructed
Drafted
Edited
Evaluated
Formulated
Investigated
Measured
Presented
Proposed
Researched
Studied
Tested
Verified
Wrote
Teaching/
Education

Applied
Articulated
Assigned
Clarified
Considered
Corresponded
Crafted
Determined
Founded
Graded
Interacted
Introduced
Launched
Produced
Qualified
Redesigned
Selected
Settled
Taught
Updated
Clerical
(General)

Checked
Classified
Documented
Enhanced
Examined
Forged
Increased
Influenced
Modified
Observed
Outlined
Overhauled
Performed
Plotted
Scheduled
Staffed
Supported
Surveyed
Tailored
Translated
Academic
Achieved
Arranged
Attended
Broadened
Challenged
Defined
Designated
Furthered
Identified
Improved
Incorporated
Initiated
Innovated
Linked
Modeled
Navigated
Prepared
Questioned
Represented
Reviewed

Business/
Finance
Analyzed
Anticipated
Appraised
Balanced
Budgeted
Calculated
Capitalized
Closed
Contracted
Deducted
Earned
Engineered
Estimated
Finalized
Forecasted
Handled
Marketed
Negotiated
Raised
Streamlined

Technical/
Computer

Addressed
Audited
Catalogued
Consolidated
Contributed
Controlled
Converted
Diagramed
Distributed
Executed
Expanded
Generated
Inspected
Installed
Monitored
Problem Solved
Screened
Scrutinized
Tracked
Troubleshot
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