Bam! Slam! Pow!
Like a superhero knocking out bad guys, your resume should leap off a hiring manager’s desk and right into action. The best way to energize your resume is to use as many captivating verbs as possible.
Consider the following example:
A dull resume item…
“detail orientated leader with organizational skills” can easily be transformed into a super-powered statement…
“Led team of ten analysts through complex daily and strategic planning processes”
Focusing on the action of your experiences, rather than shaping your story around buzzwords and clichés, helps you to paint a clearer picture to recruiters and hiring managers. The more specific you can be in your resume phrasing, the better!
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite action words for job seekers to plug into any resume format. Before you use same old phrases, consider drawing inspiration from this list:

Resume Action Words

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Achieve
Accomplish
Adapt
Apply
Attain
Bolster
Create
Connect
Deliver
Design
Develop
Engage
Execute
Fulfill
Found
Grow
Guide
Handle
Help
Impact
Implement
Join
Kick-Start
Launch
Lead
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Manage
Manufacture
Navigate
Negotiate
Operate
Overcome
Perform
Project
Quantify
Question
Raise
Reach
Restructure
Succeed
Solve
Streamline
Teach
Transform
Unite
Utilize
Visualize
Volunteer
Weave
Write
Yield
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Stop! That’s the end of our action packed list, but there are countless other ones that can surely spice up your application materials. Do you have a favorite verb to add to our list? Share it below!