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Action Words In CV/resume 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, resume or letter. Properly merging power words into your CV, resume and letter 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 by 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

Check the spelling and grammar of your CV/resume with action words. 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, 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:

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So, prepare a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for the interview.
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