50 Action Verbs to Put to Use on Your Resume

50 Action Verbs to Put to Use on Your Resume

Looking for a new job? Then you know you need a great resume.

The trouble is…you’re stumped. Not to worry; Peoplelink can help.

As one of today’s top recruiting agencies, we know that your resume is your ticket into the interview process. But if you don’t present a polished, top-notch one to a hiring manager, then you will be left out in the cold.

So how can you take your resume to the next level?

Through your word choice. For instance, did you know that by using action verbs (rather than more passive language) on your resume, you can strengthen it immeasurably?

Here’s a quick primer on what an action verb is:

An action verb expresses something you’ve done or achieved in a concise, yet persuasive manner, using words like supervised, led, accomplished, etc.

Here’s an example of passive language:

  • Was in charge of a team of 20 salespeople.

Here’s an example of language the uses the power of action verbs:

  • Led a team of 20 salespeople.

See the difference?

Not only is the sentence with the action verb stronger, but it’s also shorter too. This is important considering that most hiring managers only spend a few seconds scanning each resume. With action verbs, you can make a more positive impression using less words. So it’s really a win-win.

To help you polish your resume, and rewrite your passive language, here are 50 action verbs you can put to use, categorized by skill set:

Communication Skills

  • Coordinated
  • Drafted
  • Edited
  • Enlisted
  • Interpreted
  • Recruited
  • Publicized
  • Persuaded
  • Negotiated
  • Wrote

Leadership Skills

  • Assigned
  • Attained
  • Delegated
  • Directed
  • Executed
  • Motivated
  • Planned
  • Produced
  • Recommended
  • Strengthened

Technical Skills

  • Built
  • Designed
  • Devised
  • Engineered
  • Maintained
  • Operated
  • Overhauled
  • Repaired
  • Resolved
  • Solved

Creative Skills

  • Brainstormed
  • Concepeted
  • Created
  • Fashioned
  • Illustrated
  • Integrated
  • Invented
  • Originated
  • Revitalized
  • Shaped

Team Work Skills

  • Assisted
  • Demonstrated
  • Counseled
  • Coached
  • Expedited
  • Educated
  • Facilitated
  • Guided
  • Mentored
  • Referred

Every time you update your resume, think in terms of action verbs to describe your skills and accomplishments. Not only will it enable you to more effectively highlight what you can do, but you’ll also do a better job of persuading a hiring manager to offer you an interview.

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