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Verbs may take one of three distinct forms: occurrences (become, happen), states of being (are, seem, be) or actions (accomplish, strategize, bungy jump). Action verbs frame your experiences in terms of the movement towards a goal. Without action verbs, your resume reads flat, and without a variety of them, your writing reads even flatter. The following is a non-exhaustive list of action verbs relevant to describing most middle to senior level management jobs:
absorbed, accelerated, accessed, accompanied, accomplished, achieved, acquainted, acquired, acted, activated, actuated, adapted, added, addressed, adhered, adjusted, administered, admitted, adopted, advanced, advertised, advised, advocated, affected, aided, aired, allocated, altered, amended, amplified, analyzed, answered, anticipated, applied, appointed, appointed, appraised, apprise, approached, approved, arbitrated, arranged, ascertained, asked, assembled, assessed, assigned, assisted, assumed, attained, attended, attracted, audited, augmented, authored, authorized, automated, availed, averted, awarded
balanced, bargained, began, boosted, borrowed, bought, briefed, brought, broadened, budgeted, built
calculated, called, calmed, canvassed, capitalized, captured, carried, cast, catalogued, catapulted, categorized, catered, centralized, chaired, challenged, changed, channeled, charted, chartered, checked, choreographed, chose, circulated, clarified, classified, cleared, closed, coached, co-authored, collaborated, collected, combined, comforted, commissioned, committed, communicated, compared, competed, compiled, completed, complied, composed, compounded, computed, conceived, conceptualized, concluded, condensed, conducted, conferred, conserved, considered, consolidated, constructed, consulted, contacted, contracted, contrasted, contributed, contrived, controlled, converted, conveyed, convinced, cooperated, coordinated, copied, corrected, correlated, corresponded, counseled, counted, crafted, created, criticized, critiqued, cultivated, customized, cut
debated, debugged, decentralized, decided, decreased, deduced, deferred, defined, defused, delegated, delighted, delivered, demonstrated, depreciated, described, designated, designed, detailed, detected, determined, developed, devised, devoted, diagnosed, diagrammed, directed, disciplined, disclosed, discounted, discovered, dispatched, dispensed, displayed, disproved, dissembled, disseminated, dissuaded, distinguished, distributed, diversified, divested, documented, doubled, drafted, drew, drove, duplicated
earned, eased, edited, educated, effected, elaborated, elected, elevated, elicited, eliminated, emphasized, employed, enabled, encouraged, endorsed, enforced, engaged, engineered, enhanced, enlarged, enlisted, enriched, ensured, entered, entertained, established, estimated, evaluated, examined, exceeded, excelled, exchanged, excited, executed, exempted, exercised, exhibited, expanded, expedited, experimented, explained, exploited, explored, exposed, extended, extracted, extrapolated
fabricated, facilitated, familiarized, fashioned, fielded, figured, finalized, financed, fit, focused, followed, forecasted, formalized, formed, formulated, fortified, fostered, found, founded, framed, fulfilled, functioned, furnished
gained, gathered, gauged, gave, generated, governed, graded, granted, greeted, grossed, grouped, guaranteed, guarded, guided
handled, harnessed, headed, heightened, helped, highlighted, hired, honed, hosted, hypothesized
identified, illuminated, illustrated, imagined, implemented, improved, improvised, inaugurated, incorporated, increased, incurred, indexed, indoctrinated, induced, inferred, influenced, informed, initiated, innovated, inquired, inspected, inspired, installed, instigated, instilled, instituted, instructed, insured, integrated, interested, interfaced, interpreted, interviewed, introduced, invented, inventoried, invested, investigated, invited, involved, isolated, issued
joined, judged, juggled, justified
launched, lead, lectured, led, leveraged, licensed, lightened, linked, liquidated, listened, litigated, lobbied, localized, located, logged
maintained, managed, mapped, marketed, mastered, maximized, measured, mediated, mentored, merchandised, merged, met, minimized, mobilized, modeled, moderated, modernized, modified, monitored, motivated, moved, multiplied
named, narrated, navigated, negotiated, netted, noticed, nurtured
observed, obtained, offered, offset, opened, operated, operationalized, orchestrated, ordered, organized, oriented, originated, outlined, overcame, overhauled, oversaw
paid, participate, participated, passed, patterned, penalized, perceived, performed, permitted, persuaded, phased, photographed, phrased, pinpointed, pioneered, placed, planned, played, polled, practiced, praised, predicted, prepared, prescribed, presented, preserved, presided, prevailed, prevented, priced, printed, prioritized, probed, processed, procured, produced, profiled, programmed, projected, promoted, prompted, proposed, protected, proved, provided, provoked, publicized, published, purchased, pursued
quadrupled, qualified, quantified, queried, questioned, quoted
raised, ran, ranked, rated, reached, reacted, read, realized, received, recognized, recommended, reconciled, recorded, recovered, recruited, rectified, redesigned, reduced, reengineered, referred, refined, regained, registered, regulated, rehabilitated, reinforced, reinstated, rejected, related, remedied, remodeled, rendered, renegotiated, reorganized, repaired, replaced, reported, represented, requested, researched, reshaped, resolved, responded, restored, restructured, resulted, restored, retained, retrieved, revamped, revealed, reversed, reviewed, revised, revitalized, revolutionized, rewarded, routed
safeguarded, salvaged, saved, scheduled, screened, searched, secured, segmented, selected, sent, separated, served, serviced, settled, shaped, shopped, shortened, showed, shrank, signed, simplified, simulated, sold, solicited, solved, sparked, spearheaded, specialized, specified, speculated, spoke, sponsored, spread, stabilized, staffed, staged, standardized, started, steered, stimulated, strategized, streamlined, strengthened, stressed, stretched, structured, studied, submitted, substantiated, substituted, succeeded, suggested, summarized, superseded, supervised, supplemented, supplied, supported, surpassed, surveyed, sustained, synchronized, synthesized, systematized
tabulated, tailored, targeted, taught, tended, terminated, tested, testified, thanked, thrived, tightened, took, traced, tracked, traded, trained, transacted, transferred, transformed, translated, transmitted, transported, traveled, treated, trimmed, tripled, troubleshot, turned, tutored
uncovered, undertook, unified, united, unraveled, updated, upgraded, used, utilized
validated, valued, verbalized, verified, viewed, visited, vitalized, volunteered
weighed, welcomed, widened, witnessed, won, worked, wrote
When was the last time a potential employer used the action verbs "interview" and "offer" with you?
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