Action Verbs for Job Applications

One of the most important things when writing a CV and cover letter is to use action verbs as a job specific keywords. Not only will these action words increase the impact of your CV in the eyes of the employers but they might help your CV get selected when recruiters use CV/resume scanning software. Usually used to describe skills, experience and achievements, the action verbs shouldn't however be "stuffed" in your CV or resume as you need to make sure your document sounds natural.

List of CV action verbs

Here is a list of action verbs that will turn your CV or resume into a powerful marketing document:

ability
accelerated
accomplished
accurate
achieved
acted
actively
adapted
addressed
administered
advised
alerted
allocated
analyzed
answered
appeared
applied
appointed
appraised
approved
arbitrated
arranged
assembled
assessed
assigned
assisted
assumed
assured
attained
attracted
audited
authored
automated
awarded
balanced
boosted
bought
briefed
broadened
brought
budgeted
built
calculated
capacity
captured
careful
cataloged
caused
chaired
championed
changed
classified
closed
coached
co-directed
collected
combined
commended
commented
communicated
compared
competent
compiled
completed
composed
comprehensive
computed
conceived
conceptualized
conducted
considered
consolidated
constructed
consulted
continued
continuously
contracted
control
controlled
converted
coordinated
corrected
correspond
cost
counseled
counted
created
critiqued
cultivated
cut
dealt
decided
dedicated
defined
delegated

delivered
demonstrated
dependable
described
designed
determined
developed
devised
diagnosed
diplomatic
directed
discreet
discussed
dispatched
distributed
documented
doubled
drafted
earned
edited
educated
effected
effective
effectively
efficient
efficiently
eliminated
enabled
encouraged
ended
endorsed
energetic
engaged
engineered
enhanced
enlarged
enlisted
ensured
entered
established
estimated
evaluated
examined
exceeded
executed
expanded
expedited
experienced
experimented
explained
explored
expressed
extended
extracted
fabricated
facilitated
filled
financed
fine-tuned
focused
forecasted
formed
formulated
found
founded
gained
gathered
generated
graded
granted
grew
guided
halved
handled
hard working
headed
helped
hired
identified
implemented
improved
incorporated
increased
indexed
influenced
initiated
innovated
inspected
inspired
installed
instituted
instructed
insured
integrated
interpreted

interviewed
introduced
invented
invested
investigated
involved
issued
joined
kept
launched
learned
leased
lectured
led
licensed
listed
logged
made
maintained
managed
matched
maximized
measured
mediated
mentored
merged
met
modified
monitored
motivated
moved
named
navigated
negotiated
observed
opened
operated
orchestrated
ordered
organized
oversaw
participated
penetrated
perceived
performed
personally
persuaded
pioneered
planned
played
prepared
presented
presided
processed
procured
produced
professionalism
programmed
prohibited
projected
promoted
proposed
provided
published
punctual
purchased
pursued
qualified
questioned
raised
ranked
rated
realized
received
recognized
recommended
reconciled
recorded
recruited
redesigned
reduced
regulated
rehabilitated
related
reliable
reorganized
repaired
replaced
replied
reported
represented
researched
resolved
resourceful
responded
restored
restructured
results-oriented
revamped
reversed
reviewed
revise
saved
scheduled
secured
selected
served
serviced
set
set up
shaped
shared
showed
simplified
skillful
slashed
sold
solidified
solved
sorted
sought
sparked
spearheaded
specified
spoke
standardized
started
steered
streamlined
strengthened
stressed
stretched
structured
studied
submitted
substituted
succeeded
successfully
suggested
summarized
superseded
supervised
supported
surpassed
surveyed
systematized
tackled
targeted
taught
terminated
tested
took
toured
traced
tracked
traded
trained
transcribed
transferred
transformed
translated
transported
traveled
treated
trimmed
tripled
turned
tutored
umpired
uncovered
understood
understudied
unified
unraveled
updated
upgraded
used
utilized
valued
verbalized
verified
visited
volunteered
waged
weighed
widened
won
work well
worked
wrote

Check the spelling and grammar of your CV/resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV or resume, send it to a professional for assistance.

Remember that your CV/resume must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing or resume writing instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use CV samplesCV templates, resume samples and resume templates or:

Most recruiters expect to receive a cover letter together with your resume or CV.
So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
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Good luck with action verbs!