Career Development Office

Action Verbs

Use verbs like these to begin the descriptive phrases on your resume. These are past tense verbs; use the present tense ("develop" or "developing" instead of "developed") for current experiences.

accomplished
achieved
acquired
acted
adapted
added
addressed
adjusted
administered
advertised
advised
allocated
analyzed
anticipated
applied
appraised
approved
arranged
assisted
assumed
attained
audited
awarded
bought
briefed
brought
budgeted
calculated
cancelled
cataloged
chaired
changed
checked
coached
collected
combined
communicated
compared
compiled
completed
composed
computed
computerized
conceived
condensed
conducted
consulted
contracted
contributed
controlled
coordinated
converted
copied
corresponded
counseled
created
decided
decreased
designed
developed
initiated
influenced
inspected
installed
instituted
instructed
interacted
interpreted
interviewed
introduced
invented
investigated
involved
joined
judged
kept
launched
learned
lectured
led
listened
located
maintained
managed
marketed
maximized
measured
mentored
mediated
modeled
moderated
modified
monitored
motivated
negotiated
notified
observed
obtained
offered
opened
operated
ordered
organized
originated
participated
performed
persuaded
planned
prepared
presented
presided
prevented
processed
produced
programmed
projected
promoted
defined
delegated
delivered
demonstrated
designed
determined
developed
directed
discussed
displayed
distributed
diverted
documented
drove
dug
earned
edited
eliminated
encouraged
enforced
enlarged
enlisted
ensured
equipped
established
estimated
evaluated
examined
exceeded
exhibited
expanded
expedited
experienced
experimented
extracted
facilitated
filed
financed
followed
forecasted
formulated
founded
gathered
generated
governed
grouped
guided
handled
headed
helped
identified
illustrated
improved
implemented
improvised
increased
indexed
individualized
proposed
proved
provided
published
purchased
questioned
raised
received
recommended
reconciled
recorded
recruited
reduced
reorganized
repaired
replaced
reported
represented
researched
resolved
reviewed
revised
rewrote
saved
scheduled
selected
served
set up
sold
solicited
solved
sorted
specialized
standardized
started
streamlined
stimulated
strengthened
studied
submitted
succeeded
suggested
summarized
supervised
supported
surveyed
targeted
taught
tested
tracked
trained
transferred
translated
tutored
updated
utilized
wrote

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