Resume Action Words
It's All About Action Verbs.
Verbs show action. When a recruiter reviews your resume, we want to see that you will take action if you are hired for the job. Use resume action words when listing your accomplishments.
Resume action words provide a variety of benefits. They…
- increase the strength of your writing, and help you make a strong first impression.
- convey that you accomplished something.
- increase your chances of passing the employer's first screening of your resume.
- show the hiring manager what actions you have taken in previous jobs and experiences.
- are keywords that employers will use to quickly narrow down their online resume search. Employers search for specific words.
In addition to action verbs, be sure to include transferable skills and keywords that are related to your career field.
If you are not sure which words to use, find keywords in the job description. A good practice is to highlight all job-related keywords in the description, then "sprinkle" the relevant ones throughout your resume and cover letter.
Follow these rules.
Plain Verbs vs. Resume Action Words
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|Plain Verbs||Action Words|
|Did/Took care of||Performed, Achieved, Handled, Completed, Managed, Accomplished, Processed, Administered|
|Set up/Started up||Arranged, Initiated, Launched, Organized, Implemented, Invented, Established, Introduced, Spearheaded, Founded|
|Put together||Compiled, Accumulated, Coordinated, Collected, Constructed|
|Wrote||Composed, Formulated, Drafted|
|Wrote down/Kept Track||Recorded, Monitored, Documented, |
|Kept up||Maintained, Managed, Balanced, Sustained|
|Led||Directed, Headed, Guided, Conducted|
|Made||Created, Produced, Devised, Designed, Established|
|Made ready||Prepared, Planned, Arranged|
|Made better||Improved, Overhauled, Strengthened, Streamlined, Restructured, Upgraded, Revamped, Revitalized, Reorganized, Remodeled, Transformed|
|Made bigger||Expanded, Enlarged, Increased|
|Checked/Checked Over||Reviewed, Verified, Monitored, Examined, Analyzed|
|Made sure||Assured, Ensured, Checked|
|Gave||Provided, Supplied, Presented|
|Showed||Demonstrated, Displayed, Presented, Revealed|
|Showed how||Trained, Instructed, Educated, Coached|
|Got||Obtained, Secured, Acquired|
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