Key Words

Job seekers have been advised for long time to emphasize action verbs/action words/power words in their job-search applications. That action verbs/action words/power words associated with "what you did" are the key words. In the vast majority of cases, they are nouns but they can be phrases too - like in the list below:

Key words, power words or action words, 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 key words into your CVs, resumes or letters and other correspondence can help convey strong writing skills and increase the strength of your communication.

These key words can offer a significant CV, resume 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 Key Words

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, 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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