Is your resume not getting the attention you’d like? Increase your chances of an interview by 140% using action verbs! Skip the old, tired verbs everyone has been using since the early 2000s, and add some finesse and polish with these fresh action verbs. 

300+ Power Verbs With Real Examples and Scripts

Not only is this the best list of words to use in your resume, but it’s also organized in groups of synonyms and alternatives for overused resume words. 

If the thought of using “revitalized” or “galvanized” in a sentence makes you itch, don’t worry. We’ve included examples to help you build your best resume.

*Note: we’ve bolded the action verbs and other power words in our sample sentences, but don’t bold them on your resume! 

Use These “Communication” Power Words

You have “excellent communication skills,” but what does that include? Get specific about what communication looks like for you and how these skills will be a real asset to the company.

  1. Addressed
  2. Arbitrated
  3. Authored
  4. Branded
  5. Broadcasted
  6. Campaigned
  7. Centralized
  8. Clarified
  9. Collaborated
  10. Conceptualized
  11. Critiqued
  12. Distilled
  13. Documented
  14. Drafted
  15. Illustrated
  16. Integrated
  17. Investigated
  18. Liaised
  19. Marketed
  20. Mentored
  21. Presented
  22. Projected
  23. Publicized
  24. Reported
  25. Resolved
  26. Staffed
  27. Strategized
  28. Trained
  29. Translated
  30. Unified
  31. Visualized
  32. Wordsmithed

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Address conflict between workers as needed.
  • Strategized with my team to build a comprehensive annual marketing strategy. 
  • Visualized strategy for stakeholders to provide a unified vision.  
  • Mentored 2 coworkers who were new to the industry. 
  • Distilled information for customers in a way that was understandable and respectful. 
Instead of…Try this…
AccomplishedAwarded, delivered, rated by customers as, trusted by, trusted with, worked to, etc.
Duties includedEdited, eliminated, itemized, predicted, sourced, upsold, etc. 
Excellent communication skillsAddressed, campaigned, reported, trained, translated, etc.
HardworkingAccounted for, active in, qualified to, standardized, aligned, etc. 
Out of the box thinking/thinkerAgile, change agent, ideated, pioneered, resourceful, etc.
Proven resultsAchieved, established, generated, increased, upgraded, etc. (make sure to include numbers and details)
Responsible forAllocated, analyzed, expedited, maintained, negotiated, structured, etc.
SeasonedAccelerated, compiled, improvised, surveyed, etc. (list your hard skills, academic credentials, and specific accomplishments)
Team playerAssisted, brainstormed, contributed, partnered, tracked, etc. 

Alternatives to Buzzwords Like “Synergy,” “Rockstar,” and “Ninja”

If you see a job listing that uses words like “ninja” or “guru,” it could be an indication that burnout is in your future. Not only are these red flags in a job listing, but never use these words in your resume. You’ll come off as arrogant or inexperienced. 


  • Use dynamic words that describe your skills and keep the reader’s attention.
  • Look for buzzwords in your industry and include them in your resume to get past automatic resume filters. 
  • To do this, pay attention to the words used in job descriptions. 

Here are some of our favorite action verbs you can use in your resume:

  1. Agile
  2. Appraised
  3. Change Agent
  4. Collected
  5. Condensed
  6. Configured
  7. Constructed
  8. Cultivated
  9. Customized
  10.  Resourceful
  11.  Slashed
  12.  Spotted

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Cultivated cross-department interactions.
  • Managed and deployed agile project management.
  • Cultivated team rapport. 
  • Configured data processing system to provide actionable insights.
  • Constructed new systems that slashed profit losses. 

Skip “Wheelhouse” and Use These Skill Words

Instead of listing what’s in your “wheelhouse,” give examples of how you used your skills to accomplish amazing things in your workplace. These words will help you be more specific when describing your skills.  

  1.  Advised
  2.  Audited
  3.  Balanced
  4.  Briefed
  5.  Conserved
  6.  Consolidated
  7.  Delivered
  8.  Detected
  9.  Dispatched
  10.  Enforced
  11.  Explored
  12.  Facilitated
  13.  Familiarized
  14.  Handled
  15.  Indexed
  16.  Installed
  17.  Liquidated
  18.  Operated
  19.  Prepared
  20.  Reconciled
  21.  Recruited
  22.  Repaired
  23.  Scheduled
  24.  Secured
  25.  Served
  26.  Simplified
  27.  Sorted
  28.  Tested
  29.  Transacted
  30.  Transcribed
  31.  Utilized

Real-Life Examples:

  • Indexed and repaired data information that had been compromised. 
  • Attained 98% accuracy in transcribing and proofreading all transcripts before delivery. 
  • Recruited new talent and used human resources software daily. 
  • Advised and trained an international team of communication professionals. 
  • Handled cross-cultural communication with sensitivity and an open mindset. 
  • Repaired relationships between centers during a digital transformation project. 

Just Show Them the “Proven Results”

Hiring managers don’t want to hear you have proven results, demonstrated success, or were results oriented. Instead, they want to see the results. 

Give them numbers and examples of your proven results using these words.

  1.  Achieved
  2.  Amplified
  3.  Attained
  4.  Boosted
  5.  Completed
  6.  Converted
  7.  Established
  8.  Exceeded
  9.  Fulfilled
  10.  Generated
  11.  Increased/Decreased
  12.  Lessened
  13.  Mapped
  14.  Outpaced
  15.  Overhauled
  16.  Prevented
  17.  Produced
  18.  Reached
  19.  Stimulated
  20.  Surpassed
  21.  Systemized
  22.  Upgraded
  23.  Won
  24.  Yielded

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Overhauled the existing sales management system in six months and systemized the sales process. As a result, my team surpassed our company’s projected sales goal by 6% and achieved a higher customer service rating than the previous year. 
  • Fulfilled yearly sales goals and outpaced our competitors.
  • Exceeded customer expectations and resolved any issues swiftly and professionally.  
  • Boosted and revitalized sales by 3% through attention to detail and focus on time management.

If You’re Not a Steak, You Aren’t “Seasoned”

You may have years of experience, but presenting yourself as “seasoned” makes people immediately think you’re older. And, you might be. Your age shouldn’t matter, but sadly, ageism is alive and well in the workplace. 

While some would encourage you to present yourself as an “ace professional,” “adept professional,” or even “masterful professional,” we know you can do better. 

Think about what makes you “seasoned.” 

Have you spent years refining your negotiation skills? Capable of working wonders with a laughable budget? Learned how to stay calm in high-stakes situations? Those are the skills that hiring managers care about. 

  1.  Accelerated
  2.  Answered
  3.  Authorized
  4.  Calculated
  5.  Classified
  6.  Closed
  7.  Compiled
  8.  Conducted
  9.  Connected
  10.  Finished
  11.  Forecasted
  12.  Improvised
  13.  Inventoried
  14. Launched
  15. Measured
  16. Monitored
  17. Ordered
  18. Pitched
  19. Processed
  20. Published
  21. Quantified
  22. Recorded
  23. Repurposed
  24. Restored
  25. Restructured
  26. Reviewed
  27. Revitalized
  28. Revived
  29. Solved
  30. Surveyed
  31. Updated

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Calculated where the department was losing money and updated processes to boost revenue. 
  • Restructured the communication department and launched a complete company rebrand. 
  • Revived team morale after prior mismanagement.
  • Forecasted digital marketing trends and galvanized a fresh email marketing strategy. 
  • Reviewed student needs and provided regular feedback to keep students engaged

“Leadership Skills” for Resume

Don’t skip this section even if you’re not a manager or boss! 

You can be sure recruiters are looking for leadership potential, and everyone has the capacity to learn and grow in areas of leadership. Think about times when you’ve taken the initiative, supported a coworker, or, more simply, done your best. There may be more of a leader in you than you realize. 

  1. Administered
  2. Bolstered
  3. Chaired
  4. Challenged
  5. Compromised
  6. Convinced
  7. Counseled
  8. Diagnosed
  9. Drove
  10. Growth
  11. Elected
  12. Empowered
  13. Endorsed
  14. Energized
  15. Engaged
  16. Engineered
  17. Executed
  18. Galvanized
  19. Guided
  20. Ideated
  21. Influenced
  22. Interviewed
  23. Lectured
  24. Lobbied
  25. Mobilized
  26. Modeled
  27. Moderated
  28. Motivated
  29. Orchestrated
  30. Persuaded
  31. Pioneered
  32. Promoted
  33. Regulated
  34. Represented
  35. Screened
  36. Spearheaded
  37. Sponsored
  38. Transformed
  39. United

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Represented the company at industry events. 
  • Modeled cultural awareness and emotional intelligence when training new hires.
  • Promoted team diversity and inclusion during monthly meetings.
  • Drove community engagement by sponsoring the local arts council.
  • Engaged everyone in the office by hosting regular team-building events.
  • Screened calls and emails for the VP to ensure only essential communication was relayed to her. 
  • Removed unnecessary steps in the approval process to encourage independence.

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Use Better Words To Describe What You Were “Responsible For” 

Heaven help us if we see another resume that starts with “duties included” or “I was responsible for….” 

The English language has so many words to describe just how amazing you were at your past jobs. Try these to catch the attention of your dream job.

  1. Accumulated
  2. Activated
  3. Adapted
  4. Advocated
  5. Allocated
  6. Analyzed
  7. Anticipated
  8. Assembled 
  9. Asserted
  10. Assessed
  11. Awards
  12. Budgeted
  13. Categorized
  14. Certified
  15. Charted
  16. Complied
  17. Coordinated
  18. Corrected
  19. Designed
  20. Directed
  21. Edited
  22. Eliminated
  23. Encouraged
  24. Enhanced
  25. Expanded
  26. Expedited
  27. Fostered
  28. Guaranteed
  29. Identified
  30. Implemented
  31. Innovated
  32. Itemized
  33. Maintained
  34. Negotiated
  35. Observed
  36. Occupied
  37. Opposed
  38. Organized
  39. Outlined
  40. Oversaw
  41. Predicted
  42. Processes
  43. Reconstructed
  44. Rectified
  45. Referred
  46. Reinforced
  47. Removed
  48. Revised
  49. Sourced
  50. Streamlined
  51. Strengthened
  52. Structured
  53. Sustained
  54. Tabulated
  55. Upsold
  56. Verified
  57. Volunteered to

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Volunteered to participate in community cleanups and other community engagement opportunities.
  • Streamlined the content production process by revising the content management system. 
  • Analyzed data and created detailed reports each month.
  • Verified accuracy in all written communication prior to print production. 
  • Unified company branding through consistent design across print and digital. 
  • Oversaw the instruction of 14 special needs children and consistently implemented each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). 
  • Adapted to new systems and tools with strength and positivity. 

It’s None of Their Business. You Were a Stay-at-Home Mom

Being a stay-at-home mom (or dad!) is admirable, and it’s certainly nothing that requires an apology or an explanation. The sad fact: this “gap” in your resume can lead to workplace discrimination and reduce call-backs. 

Instead of including it on your resume, or simply leaving the gap, try a creative re-wording. Some people use the term “independent contractor.” Once you determine a title, use verbs to describe your responsibilities strategically. 

  1. Arranged
  2.  Coached
  3.  Conflict Management
  4.  Delegated
  5.  Fielded
  6.  Financial Planning Skills
  7.  Formulated
  8.  Hosted
  9.  Instructed
  10.  Mediated
  11.  Negotiated
  12.  Organized
  13.  Procured
  14.  Programmed
  15.  Queried
  16.  Secured Event Safety
  17.  Strategized
  18.  Summarized
  19.  Tutored

Real-Life Examples:

  • Secured event safety for 25 children.
  • Coached and instructed 3 children in positive goal setting and self-regulation.
  • Fostered negotiation skills in a high-stakes environment.
  • Fielded team communication, ensuring smooth operations. 
  • Procured business sponsors for community events. 
  • Prioritized conflict management during community event planning. 

“Achiever” Action Words to Show You Are Hardworking

It should be a given that you’re hardworking and accomplished (at least to some degree!) in your area of expertise. Skip those words and detail what it is that makes you a high achiever. 

  1. Accounted for
  2. Active in
  3. Aligned
  4. Associated with
  5. Certified in
  6. Developed
  7. Effective at
  8. Efficient in
  9. Experienced in
  10. Knowledge of
  11. Licensed in
  12. Maximized
  13. Participated in
  14. Qualified to
  15. Shaped
  16. Standardized
  17. Trained in
  18. Understanding of

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Certified in ISACA, Google, and compTIA.
  • Trained in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google Ads, Google Analytics, Email Marketing, and Organic Social Media Marketing.
  • 6 years experience in hospitality and tourism.
  • Understanding of cross-cultural communication and experience in global business strategies. 
  • Effective at diffusing conflict with customers and exhibiting empathy under high stress. 
  • Efficient in editing and proofreading while maintaining a high level of accuracy. 
  • Trained in mental health first-aid and experienced in identifying high-risk individuals. 

Resume Words for “Team Player”

In today’s workplace, being a team player is a given. Focus on how you’ve worked together with others to build a healthy work environment.  

  1. Acknowledged
  2. Aided
  3. Assisted
  4. Augmented
  5. Blended
  6. Brainstormed
  7. Contributed
  8. Cooperated
  9. Diversified
  10. Elevated
  11. Enabled
  12. Finalized
  13. Formed
  14. Gathered
  15. Included
  16. Initiated
  17. Interceded
  18. Involved
  19. Joined
  20. Merged
  21. Partnered
  22. Piloted
  23. Reduced
  24. Refined
  25. Supported
  26. Tracked

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Assisted in contract development for new clients.
  • Initiated risk management training. 
  • Aided with interviewing, scheduling, and analyzing data for decision-making. 
  • Elevated dedication to clients and worked as a team to reduce misunderstandings. 
  • Partnered with others in the industry to present at a roundtable event.
  • Supported the development of new talent and contributed to diversifying the workplace. 

Toot Your Own Horn… A Little

What are some of the things you’re proud of? Instead of belaboring your “core competencies” and praising your own “thought leadership” or why you’re the “best,” stand out with these words and phrases.

  1. Awarded
  2. Cared for
  3. Commended for
  4. Delivered under budget
  5. Devised
  6. Generate revenue/profits
  7. Invented
  8. Made progress on
  9. Modernized
  10. Rated by customers as
  11. Rebuilt
  12. Redesigned
  13. Set up
  14. Sighted
  15. Trusted by
  16. Trusted with
  17. Undertook
  18. Worked to

Real-Life Examples: 

  • Rated by customers as consistently friendly and knowledgeable. 
  • Made progress on increasing brand recognition and authority. 
  • Modernized office procedures over the course of 6 months.
  • Redesigned the company website increasing traffic by 16% on a month-by-month basis. 
  • Awarded Small Business of the Month, Best in Biz, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Why Should You Regularly Update Your Resume?

Regularly updating your resume prepares you for the future, eliminates wasted time hunting for information later, and gives you a mindset of success.  

More reasons to keep your resume updated:

  • To avoid forgetting important information
  • Keep track of your accomplishments
  • Have a clear perspective on whether you’re accomplishing your goals
  • Boost your morale when you’re struggling with imposter syndrome
  • Be prepared to negotiate for a promotion or a raise
  • Get spotted by recruiters
  • Always ready for any new opportunity

Pro Tip: Having an updated resume can give you confidence in the event of a recession. Instead of worrying about a lack of skills on your resume, prioritize your problem-solving skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this is the most highly rated skill by potential employers considering entry-level workers. 

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What Should You Include in a Resume?

Every resume should include your contact information, education, experience, and job skills. Don’t forget to include dates and locations for everything! And, of course, use action verbs to describe your experience and skills. 

Additional parts of a resume could include:

  • Profile or Summary. Think of this like your “about” section on LinkedIn. It’s a high-level overview of who you are and what you do. When you boil it down, it’s your elevator pitch and should make people intrigued and interested to learn more about you. 
  • Honors & Awards. Did you receive a prestigious scholarship during your undergrad or receive any awards over the years? This section shows recruiters that you’re competitive and motivated to excel. 
  • Relevant Coursework. You’ll probably want to add this to your education section. It’s a great way to highlight extra skills you’ve worked hard for. If you don’t have a degree, adding this in will be even more important to show that you take your personal development seriously. 
  • Leadership/Activities. Even if you don’t have a long career history to showcase, including your involvement in clubs and community organizations will help you profile some of the experience you’ve gained over the years.
  • Volunteer Work. If you aren’t involved in volunteer work, this is your call to get involved! According to FlexJobs, Recruiters are 82% more likely to hire people with volunteer experience and 85% more likely to overlook flaws in your resume – if you have volunteer experience listed. 
  • Personal Website. More and more recruiters are looking for digital proof of your skills. Whether it’s the best LinkedIn profile possible, a digital work portfolio, or social media, include something that builds a narrative around your skills and accomplishments. 

Pro Tips to Keep In Mind As You Write Your Resume

  • Action verbs are powerful. Resist using these words indiscriminately to fluff up your resume. Instead, use the action verbs to describe the work you’ve done and the skills you have. 
  • This isn’t a magic list to get you hired, but it should give you a competitive edge if used wisely.
  • Not entirely sure what a word means? Look it up! Check for synonyms. You might find something that better expresses your skills. 
  • Use industry-specific words. Take the time to look for and list recurring words in job descriptions, as well as an insider language you know. Include this in your resume, so recruiters know you won’t require extensive training. 
  • Get specific. Action verbs naturally encourage specificity. Include numbers and scenarios, using the action verbs to describe your skills and responsibilities. Above all, don’t be vague. 
  • Don’t be discouraged. The process of writing a resume and then submitting it countless times can feel demoralizing. But DON’T GIVE UP! We’ve been there, and we’re rooting for you.
  • If you aren’t getting responses, try tweaking your resume again. Think about what the words are communicating
  • Use active voice because you will sound confident and communicate authority. Active voice: Doer of action + action + receiver of the action

Passive voice: Receiver of the action + action + doer of the action. For example, “Customers experienced safety and satisfaction” is passive, while “Implemented best practices to ensure safety and satisfaction for all customers” is active. 

  • Don’t forget to spell check! Typos happen to the best of us, so run your resume through Grammarly or the Hemingway App.
  • Keep it current. Regularly review and adjust your resume so that you always have an up-to-date version ready to go. 

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