Career Advice for Job Seekers

50+ Strong Action Verbs You Need to Use on Your Resume Now

William Frierson AvatarWilliam Frierson
April 26, 2012

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Stop using passive terms on your resume; passive terms dilute the quality and value of what you offer the employer.  Seriously, if you’re using any of the following terminology, you need to make a change today!

Demonstrated mastery of … Responsibility for … Duties included … Worked with … Familiar with … Knowledge of (or) Knowledgeable in …

These passive terms are not action-oriented, and they make for a rather lackluster resume.  Instead, show the employer exactly what you’re capable of achieving and bringing to the table!  Below you’ll find a list of 50+ strong action verbs that you can put on your resume NOW to spice things up!
Advance        Discern           Halt
Anchor          Dispense         Handle
Architect       Draft              Head
Arrange         Drive              Illustrate
Augment       Earn               Imagine
Believe          Effectuate       Institute
Bestow          Eliminate        Instruct
Brainstorm     Empower        Integrate
Brief              Enact             Intensify
Capitalize      Endeavor        Lower
Capture         Endorse         Maintain
Centralize      Enforce          Network
Champion      Enliven          Optimize
Classify         Ensure           Orchestrate
Convey          Entrench        Predict
Decipher        Equalize         Renovate
Deploy           Extricate        Spark
Derive            Forge            Steer
Detect           Formulate      Terminate
Devise           Foster            Unify
Differentiate   Graduate        Visualize
Direct            Guide             Win

Remember that word choice is important—and so is customizing your resume for each position.  For tips on how to brand your resume, check out my recent article: 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume.

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By Jessica Hernandez

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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