Action Words In CV Writing

Action words, power words or action verbs, are words used to help make a statement stronger. By using action verbs, you can assume an "active voice" instead of a "passive voice" on your CV or letter. Properly merging power words into your CVs or letters and other correspondence can help convey strong writing skills and increase the strength of your communication.

These words can offer a significant resume, CV or cover letter improvement. Be careful not to overuse them. Too much fluff and not enough skills, and you could come across as fake. Check power word examples per industry listing.

List of CV Action Words in CV:

A

  • Abated
  • Abbreviated
  • Abolished
  • Abridged
  • Absolved
  • Absorbed
  • Accelerated
  • Acclimated
  • Accompanied
  • Accomplished
  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Acted
  • Activated
  • Actuated
  • Adapted
  • Added
  • Addressed
  • Adhered
  • Adjusted
  • Administered
  • Admitted
  • Adopted
  • Advanced
  • Advertised
  • Advised
  • Advocated
  • Affected
  • Aided
  • Aired
  • Alerted
  • Allocated
  • Altered
  • Amended
  • Amplified
  • Analyzed
  • Answered
  • Anticipated
  • Appeared
  • Applied
  • Appointed
  • Appraised
  • Approached
  • Approved
  • Arbitrated
  • Arranged
  • Articulated
  • Ascertained
  • Asked
  • Assembled
  • Assessed
  • Assigned
  • Assisted
  • Assumed
  • Assured
  • Attained
  • Attracted
  • Audited
  • Augmented
  • Authored
  • Authorized
  • Automated
  • Awarded

B

  • Balanced
  • Bargained
  • Began
  • Bench-marked
  • Benefited
  • Bid
  • Billed
  • Blocked
  • Bolstered
  • Boosted
  • Borrowed
  • Bought
  • Branded
  • Bridged
  • Briefed
  • Broadened
  • Brought
  • Budgeted
  • Built

C

  • Calculated
  • Canvassed
  • Captured
  • Carried out
  • Cast
  • Cataloged
  • Catalogued
  • Categorized
  • Caused
  • Centralized
  • Chaired
  • Challenged
  • Championed
  • Changed
  • Channeled
  • Charted
  • Checked
  • Circulated
  • Clarified
  • Classified
  • Cleared
  • Closed
  • Coached
  • Co-authored
  • Co-directed
  • Collaborated
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Commended
  • Commented
  • Commissioned
  • Committed
  • Communicated
  • Compared
  • Compiled
  • Completed
  • Complied
  • Composed
  • Computed
  • Conceived
  • Conceptualized
  • Condensed
  • Conducted
  • Conserved
  • Considered
  • Consolidated
  • Constructed
  • Consulted
  • Continued
  • Contracted
  • Contributed
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Conveyed
  • Convinced
  • Coordinated
  • Corrected
  • Cost
  • Counseled
  • Counted
  • Created
  • Critiqued
  • Cultivated
  • Customized
  • Cut

D

  • Dealt
  • Debated
  • Debugged
  • Decentralized
  • Decided
  • Decreased
  • Dedicated
  • Deferred
  • Defined
  • Delegated
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Depreciated
  • Described
  • Designated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Discussed
  • Dispatched
  • Dissembled
  • Distinguished
  • Distributed
  • Diversified
  • Divested
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Drafted

E

  • Earned
  • Eased
  • Edited
  • Educated
  • Effected
  • Elicited
  • Eliminated
  • Emphasized
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Ended
  • Endorsed
  • Enforced
  • Engaged
  • Engineered
  • Enhanced
  • Enlarged
  • Enlisted
  • Enriched
  • Ensured
  • Entered
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Exceeded
  • Exchanged
  • Executed
  • Exempted
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Experimented
  • Explained
  • Explored
  • Exposed
  • Expressed
  • Extended
  • Extracted

F

  • Fabricated
  • Facilitated
  • Fashioned
  • Fielded
  • Filled
  • Finalized
  • Finalized
  • Financed
  • Fine-tuned
  • Focused
  • Forecasted
  • Formalized
  • Formed
  • Formulated
  • Fortified
  • Founded
  • Fulfilled
  • Furnished
  • Furthered

G

  • Gained
  • Gathered
  • Gauged
  • Generated
  • Governed
  • Graded
  • Granted
  • Greeted
  • Grew
  • Grouped
  • Guided

H

  • Halved
  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Helped
  • Hired
  • Hosted

I

  • Identified
  • Illuminated
  • Illustrated
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Inaugurated
  • Incorporated
  • Increased
  • Incurred
  • Indexed
  • Individualized
  • Indoctrinated
  • Induced
  • Influenced
  • Initiated
  • Innovated
  • Inquired
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instigated
  • Instilled
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Insured
  • Integrated
  • Interacted
  • Interpreted
  • Intervened
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Inventoried
  • Invested
  • Investigated
  • Invited
  • Involved
  • Isolated
  • Issued

J

  • Joined
  • Judged
  • Justified

K

  • Kept

L

  • Launched
  • Learned
  • Leased
  • Lectured
  • Led
  • Licensed
  • Lightened
  • Liquidated
  • Listed
  • Litigated
  • Lobbied
  • Localized
  • Located
  • Logged

M

  • Made
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Mapped
  • Marketed
  • Matched
  • Maximized
  • Measured
  • Mediated
  • Mentored
  • Merchandised
  • Merged
  • Met
  • Minimized
  • Modeled
  • Moderated
  • Modernized
  • Modified
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Moved
  • Multiplied

N

  • Named
  • Narrated
  • Navigated
  • Negotiated
  • Netted
  • Noticed
  • Nurtured

O

  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Offered
  • Opened
  • Operated
  • Orchestrated
  • Ordered
  • Organized
  • Oriented
  • Originated
  • Overhauled
  • Oversaw

P

  • Participated
  • Patterned
  • Penetrated
  • Perceived
  • Performed
  • Persuaded
  • Phased
  • Photographed
  • Pinpointed
  • Pioneered
  • Placed
  • Planned
  • Played
  • Polled
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Preserved
  • Presided
  • Prevented
  • Processed
  • Procured
  • Produced
  • Profiled
  • Programmed
  • Prohibited
  • Projected
  • Promoted
  • Prompted
  • Proposed
  • Proved
  • Provided
  • Publicized
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Pursued

Q

  • Qualified
  • Quantified
  • Questioned
  • Quoted

R

  • Raised
  • Ranked
  • Rated
  • Realized
  • Received
  • Recognized
  • Recommended
  • Reconciled
  • Recorded
  • Recovered
  • Recruited
  • Rectified
  • Redesigned
  • Reduced
  • Refined
  • Regained
  • Registered
  • Regulated
  • Rehabilitated
  • Reinforced
  • Reinstated
  • Rejected
  • Related
  • Remedied
  • Remodeled
  • Renegotiated
  • Reorganized
  • Repaired
  • Replaced
  • Replied
  • Reported
  • Represented
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Responded
  • Restored
  • Restructured
  • Resulted
  • Retained
  • Retrieved
  • Revamped
  • Revealed
  • Reversed
  • Reviewed
  • Revised
  • Revitalized
  • Rewarded

S

  • Safeguarded
  • Salvaged
  • Saved
  • Scheduled
  • Screened
  • Secured
  • Segmented
  • Selected
  • Separated
  • Served
  • Serviced
  • Set
  • Set up
  • Settled
  • Shaped
  • Shared
  • Shortened
  • Showed
  • Shrank
  • Signed
  • Simplified
  • Simulated
  • Slashed
  • Sold
  • Solicited
  • Solidified
  • Solved
  • Sorted
  • Sought
  • Sparked
  • Spearheaded
  • Specialized
  • Specified
  • Speculated
  • Spoke
  • Spread
  • Stabilized
  • Staffed
  • Staged
  • Standardized
  • Started
  • Steered
  • Stimulated
  • Strategized
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Stressed
  • Stretched
  • Structured
  • Studied
  • Submitted
  • Substantiated
  • Substituted
  • Succeeded
  • Succeeded in
  • Succeeded in
  • Suggested
  • Summarized
  • Superseded
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Supported
  • Surpassed
  • Surveyed
  • Synchronized
  • Systematized

T

  • Tabulated
  • Tackled
  • Tailored
  • Targeted
  • Taught
  • Terminated
  • Tested
  • Tightened
  • Took
  • Toured
  • Traced
  • Tracked
  • Traded
  • Trained
  • Transacted
  • Transcribed
  • Transferred
  • Transformed
  • Translated
  • Transmitted
  • Transported
  • Traveled
  • Treated
  • Trimmed
  • Tripled
  • Troubleshot
  • Turned
  • Tutored

U

  • Umpired
  • Uncovered
  • Underlined
  • Underscored
  • Understood
  • Understudied
  • Undertook
  • Underwrote
  • Unearthed
  • Unified
  • United
  • Unraveled
  • Updated
  • Upgraded
  • Urged
  • Used
  • Utilized

V

  • Validated
  • Valued
  • Verbalized
  • Verified
  • Viewed
  • Visited
  • Visualized
  • Voiced
  • Volunteered

W

  • Waged
  • Weathered
  • Weighed
  • Welcomed
  • Widened
  • Withstood
  • Witnessed
  • Won
  • Worked
  • Wrote

Y

  • Yielded

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