Action Verbs and Power Words for Your Resume

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The following is a list of resume action verbs and power words to include in your resume and the cover letters you write to apply for jobs. Use these words to write a compelling resume that will get selected by the hiring manager and the software they use to screen applications.

Remember to vary the words that you use - repeating the same word leads to a dull reading experience, and will not show the hiring manager the breadth of your abilities.

Use a variety of terms that best describe your accomplishments to show employers the scope of your achievements.

Action Verbs and Power Words for Resumes and Cover Letters

A - D

  • Absorb
  • Accelerate
  • Access
  • Accomplish
  • Accrue
  • Acquire
  • Achieve
  • Act
  • Activate
  • Adapt
  • Address
  • Adjust
  • Administer
  • Advertise
  • Advise
  • Advocate
  • Affirm
  • Aid
  • Alert
  • Align
  • Allocate
  • Analyze
  • Apply
  • Appraise
  • Approve
  • Arbitrate
  • Arranged
  • Assemble
  • Assess
  • Assign
  • Assist
  • Attain
  • Authorize
  • Award
  • Begin
  • Brief
  • Bring
  • Broadcast
  • Budget
  • Build
  • Calculate
  • Campaign
  • Certify
  • Chaired
  • Change
  • Chart
  • Check
  • Choose
  • Clarify
  • Classify
  • Coach
  • Collaborate
  • Collate
  • Collect
  • Combine
  • Communicate
  • Compare
  • Compile
  • Complete
  • Comply
  • Compose
  • Compute
  • Conceptualize
  • Conclude
  • Condense
  • Conduct
  • Confer
  • Configure
  • Connect
  • Conserve
  • Consolidate
  • Construct
  • Consult
  • Contact
  • Continue
  • Contribute
  • Control
  • Convert
  • Convey
  • Convince
  • Coordinate
  • Correspond
  • Counsel
  • Critique
  • Cultivate
  • Customize
  • Decide
  • Declare
  • Decline
  • Decorate
  • Dedicate
  • Define
  • Delegate
  • Deliver
  • Demonstrate
  • Depreciate
  • Describe
  • Design
  • Determine
  • Develop
  • Devise
  • Diagnose
  • Direct
  • Dispatch
  • Dispense
  • Distribute
  • Document
  • Draft

E - H

  • Edit
  • Educate
  • Emphasize
  • Encourage
  • Enforce
  • Engineer
  • Enhance
  • Ensure
  • Establish
  • Estimate
  • Evaluate
  • Examine
  • Execute
  • Expand
  • Expedite
  • Explain
  • Fabricate
  • Facilitate
  • Finance
  • Focus
  • Forecast
  • Formulate
  • Foster
  • Fund
  • Furnish
  • Gain
  • Generate
  • Graduate
  • Greet
  • Guide
  • Handle
  • Help
  • Hire
  • Host

    I - M

    • Identify
    • Illustrate
    • Implement
    • Improve
    • Improvise
    • Increase
    • Index
    • Influence
    • Inform
    • Initiate
    • Innovate
    • Inspire
    • Install
    • Institute
    • Integrate
    • Interact
    • Interview
    • Introduce
    • Investigate
    • Itemize
    • Join
    • Justify
    • Launch
    • Learn
    • Lecture
    • Led
    • Lessen
    • Lift
    • Link
    • Listen
    • Maintain
    • Manage
    • Manipulate
    • Map
    • Market
    • Measure
    • Mediate
    • Merge
    • Mobilize
    • Modify
    • Monitor
    • Motivate
    • N - S
    • Negotiate
    • Observe
    • Obtain
    • Open
    • Operate
    • Order
    • Organize
    • Originate
    • Outpace
    • Outperform
    • Participate
    • Perform
    • Persuade
    • Plan
    • Prepare
    • Present
    • Prevent
    • Printed
    • Prioritize
    • Process
    • Produce
    • Program
    • Promote
    • Propose
    • Prospect
    • Prove
    • Provide
    • Publicize
    • Purchase
    • Pursue
    • Qualify
    • Run
    • Rate
    • Reach
    • Receive
    • Recommend
    • Reconcile
    • Record
    • Recruit
    • Reduce
    • Refer
    • Refocus
    • Regulate
    • Reorganize
    • Repair
    • Replace
    • Report
    • Represent
    • Research
    • Reserve
    • Resolve
    • Respond
    • Restore
    • Restructure
    • Retrieve
    • Review
    • Revise
    • Revitalize
    • Schedule
    • Screen
    • Search
    • Secure
    • Select
    • Send
    • Serve
    • Share
    • Seize
    • Showcase
    • Simplify
    • Solve
    • Sort
    • Specialize
    • Specify
    • Sponsor
    • Staff
    • Standardize
    • Start
    • Succeed
    • Suggest
    • Summarize
    • Supervise
    • Supply
    • Support
    • Surpass
    • Survey
    • Sustain

    T - Z

    • Target
    • Teach
    • Test
    • Track
    • Trade
    • Train
    • Transact
    • Transcribe
    • Transform
    • Translate
    • Transmit
    • Transport
    • Tutor
    • Unite
    • Update
    • Upgrade
    • Use
    • Utilize
    • Validate
    • Value
    • Verify
    • View
    • Volunteer
    • Watch
    • Weigh
    • Witness
    • Write
    • Yield

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