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Action Words for Résumés

This list of action words is provided for reference in describing your achievements and work experience. Beginning each phrase with action words makes your performance active instead of passive. Refer to this list in order to avoid reusing the same words throughout your résumé.

Accommodated Explored Customized Lectured Prevented
Accounted Decided Fashioned Led Qualified
Achieved Decreased Figured Licensed Quoted
Acted Dedicated Filed Limited Ranked
Advanced Delivered Finalized Listened Reconciled
Advised Designed Financed Located Reduced
Analyzed Determined Fine-tuned Manufactured Regulated
Articulated Developed Focused Mapped Repaired
Ascertained Devised Followed Mastered Restored
Attended Dispatched Formulated Maximized Scheduled
Automated Displayed Gathered Measured Secured
Built Distinguished Generated Motivated Seized
Calculated Documented Granted Navigated Simplified
Categorized Earned Guided Notified Streamlined
Caused Elected Hired Nurtured Supplied
Clarified Eliminated Illustrated Observed Tailored
Collaborated Encouraged Impressed Ordered Taught
Communicated Enforced Initiated Organized Tested
Conceived Engineered Inspected Oversaw Trained
Concentrated Ensured Inspired Packaged Translated
Contributed Enumerated Instructed Participated Treated
Controlled Equalized Integrated Patterned Tutored
Cooperated Estimated Interpreted Persuaded Updated
Counseled Exchanged Invented Predicted Verified
Created Exhibited Judged Presented Wrote

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