Action Verbs

Candidate Characterisic Key Words  |  Resume Action Verbs

Begin each job responsibility with an action verb.  For a current position, the action verb should be in the present tense.  Past tense should be used for previously held positions. For example:

Automated mass mailings using Mail Merge function and an Excel contacts list.
Cut newspaper advertising expenses by 27% annually by implementing an electronic ad submittal procedure.
Prepared examination rooms; assisted with medical procedures under the supervision of primary care physician.

Keep each job responsibility concise and to the point. Do not ramble.  A person reading your resume wants to see an overview at a glance.  Keeping the resume to one page is best.  You can fill in the blanks and be as detailed as you want in the interview.

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A

accelerate advertise appoint assure
accommodate advise appraise attach
accomplish advocate approach attain
achieve affect approve attend
act as agree arbitrate attract
activate aid arrange audit
adapt allocate articulate augment
add alter ascertain author
address analyze assemble authorize
adjust answer assess automate
administer anticipate assign avert
adopt appeal to assist avoid
advance apply associate award

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B

balance bill buy budget
bargain boost bring build

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C

calculate classify conceptualize convey
call close conciliate convince
capitalize on coach conclude cooperate
carry cold-call condense coordinate
carve collaborate conduct copy
catalog collect confer correct
centralize combine confine correlate
chair command confirm correspond
champion commence conserve counsel
change communicate consolidate create
charge compare construct credit with
chart compile consult critique
check complete contact cut back on
choose compose contract cut expenses
circulate compute contribute cut time
circumvent computerize control
clarify conceive convert

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D

deal with detail disburse divert
debate detect discipline document
decide determine discover double
decorate develop discuss draft
decrease devise dispatch dramatize
define diagnose dispense draw
delegate diagram display drive
deliver dictate dissect duplicate
demonstrate differentiate disseminate
designate direct distribute
design disapprove diversify

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E

earn enable entertain exhibit
edit encourage enumerate expand
educate energize equip expedite
effect enforce establish experience
elaborate engineer estimate experiment
elect engrave evaluate explain
elevate enhance examine explore
eliminate enjoin exceed express
empathize enlarge exchange extend
emphasize enlist execute extract
employ ensure exercise

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F

fabricate finalize follow-up function as
facilitate finance forecast fund-raise
familiarize fix form furnish
feed fire foster
figure focus found
file follow freelance

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G

gain generate greet guarantee
gather govern group guide
give

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H

handle head help honor
harmonize hold hire host

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I

identify index install introduce
illuminate indoctrinate institute intuit
illustrate influence instruct invent
implement inform instrumental in investigate
improve inherit insure invite
improvise initiate integrate involve
inaugurate innovate interest isolate
incorporate inspect interpret issue
increase inspire interview

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J

join judge justify

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K

keep

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L

launch lead liquidate locate
learn liaise list log
lecture lift listen lower

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M

make master merge modify
maintain maximize meet mold
manage measure minimize monitor
manipulate mechanize mix motivate
man mediate model move
manufacture mentor moderate
market merchandise modernize

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N

navigate nominate notify number
negotiate

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O

observe officiate order outline
obtain open organize overcome
occupy operate orient overhauled
offer optimize originate oversee

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P

pace pilot prepare program
pack proficient at prescribe project
paint pinpoint present promote
participate in pioneer preside proofread
patrol plan prevent propose
pep up play price prove
perceive post print provide
perfect position probe publicize
perform postulate problem-solve publish
personalize practice process purchase
persuade praise(d) for procure pursue
photocopy predict produce put together

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Q

qualify quote question

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R

raise reduce reorganize restore
run re-engineer repair restructure
reach refer replace resurrect
read refine report to retrieve
realize register represent return
reason regulate reprimand revamp
rebuild rehabilitate request reverse
receive reinforce require review
recognize relate research revise
recommend remember reshape revitalize
reconcile remit resist redesign
record reorganize resolve risk
recruit replace respect rise from
rectify renegotiate respond
redesign renew responsible for

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S

safeguard share specify submit
satisfy ship speak substantiate
save shorten staff succeed in
scan show stage summarize
schedule shut down standardize supersede
screen simplify start supervise
secure simulate stimulate supply
select slash straighten support
sense smooth streamline survey
send sell strengthen sustain
separate solve stress symbolize
serve solve problems strive for synchronize
service sort strive to synergize
set up spark structure synthesize
shape specialize study systematize

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T

tabulate testify train trigger
tackle theorize transact trim
tailor tell transcribe triple
talk take charge transfer troubleshoot
teach take over transform turn
team build total translate type
telemarket tour travel typeset
tend trace transmit
terminate track transport
test trade treat

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U

uncover unify update use
understand unite upgrade utilize
undertake unravel uplift

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V

vacate validate verbalize verify

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W

weigh withdraw win write
widen withstand work with

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