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Action Verbs

When creating your résumé, using concise wording is essential. Often the success of your résumé rests upon an employer wanting to read through the entire document. Making it as easy as possible to read and showcasing your skills, education, and experience are very important. Action verbs are a great way to effectively list your job duties. Whether used in present tense to describe your responsibilities at your current job or in past tense to illustrate previous duties, action verbs are helpful to you and the employer because they are easy to use, easy to read, and easy to understand!

Below is a selection of common action verbs (in past tense) used to give potential employers an idea of what experiences you had at previous jobs.

Adapted

Edited

Learned

Questioned

Approved

Educated

Led

Raised

Arranged

Ensured

Located

Reconciled

Assessed

Estimated

Maintained

Remodeled

Assisted

Explained

Managed

Represented

Balanced

Facilitated

Measured

Retrieved

Began

Fashioned

Modified

Saved

Budgeted

Filed

Motivated

Secured

Built

Formulated

Negotiated

Specialized

Calculated

Founded

Observed

Supplied

Communicated

Generated

Operated

Targeted

Created

Guided

Ordered

Tested

Customized

Handled

Organized

Trained

Defined

Helped

Performed

Updated

Designed

Hired

Planned

Used

Developed

Hosted

Prepared

Verified

Diagnosed

Implemented

Presented

Volunteered

Drafted Installed Printed Wrote

 There you have it—just a sample of the many action verbs you can use when creating your résumé. There are many more words you can use; consult your dictionary and thesaurus for additional suggestions. Think of how you can use these words to improve your résumé, and remember them when you need to replace the phrase, “responsible for….”

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