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Descriptive Action Verbs for Resumes

Consider the following action verbs you can use to describe your skills in a work setting. The verbs have been categorized under specific skill areas for your convenience. Remember to back up your experience with statistics, quantities, or concrete examples whenever possible. Giving concrete details makes your experience sound even stronger.

Communication & Instructional Skills (The ability to speak and write clearly; to listen and answer questions with perception; to be open-minded and accepting of differing opinions; to convey and express ideas effectively.)

Apprised
Answered
Conducted
Contacted
Demonstrated
Drafted
Educated
Explained
Familiarized
Handled
Informed
Instructed
Presented
Reported
Represented
Responded
Spoke
Summarized
Taught
Trained
Translated
Wrote



Management & Leadership Skills (The ability to make decisions; to coordinate groups of people; to motivate and supervise others; to handle a variety of tasks and responsibilities simultaneously; to negotiate, review, and evaluate.)

Allocated
Developed
Directed
Elected
Enlisted
Founded
Governed
Hired
Initiated
Inspired
Instituted
Managed
Oversaw
Pioneered
Produced
Recruited
Represented
Spearheaded
Sponsored
Supervised

Creative Skills (The ability to be expressive and imaginative; to deal artistically with color; to design and devise new ways of doing or making things; to be innovative.)

Adapted
Authored
Conceived
Conceptualized
Created
Composed
Designed
Devised
Edited
Established
Generated
Invented
Originated
Published
Revolutionized
Wrote

Organizational Skills (The ability to be systematic and efficient; to schedule and coordinate events; to arrange tasks and time frames; to provide excellent follow-up in planning.)

Arranged
Assembled
Collected
Centralized
Coordinated
Catalogued
Distributed
Disseminated
Enforced
Executed
Formalized
Implemented
Installed
Maintained
Organized
Planned
Prepared
Processed
Routed
Recorded
Reorganized
Scheduled
Update


Helping Skills (The ability to show sensitivity to another’s feelings; to offer support; to advise or provide guidance; to help others make decisions; to give insight.)

Aided
Advised
Advocated
Attended
Assisted
Collaborated
Comforted
Contributed
Counseled
Facilitated
Fostered
Guided
Helped
Mediated
Mentored
Provided
Settled
Supported
Tutored


Analytical Skills (The ability to research and gather pertinent information; to diagnose and solve a problem; to retrace problems to their source; to clarify problems and situations; to provide constructive criticism.)

Analyzed
Assessed
Audited
Compiled
Consulted
Detected
Discerned
Discovered
Documented
Edited
Evaluated
Examined
Gathered
Identified
Interpreted
Interviewed
Researched
Searched
Surveyed
Tested

Selling Skills (The ability to influence and persuade other people; to promote certain things or ideas; to convince; to make something acceptable; to transfer goods in exchange for money.)

Arbitrated
Encouraged
Increased
Marketed
Negotiated
Persuaded
Promoted
Publicized
Resolved
Secured
Sold
Solicited


Updated by AW 9/5/06; please notify Career Development Center if you experience any technical problems.   


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