185 Powerful Verbs That Will Make Your Resume Awesome

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Led… Handled… Managed… Responsible for… Most resume bullet points start with the same words. Frankly, the same tired old words hiring managers have heard over and over—to the point where they’ve lost a lot of their meaning and don’t do much to show off your awesome accomplishments. So, let’s get a little more creative, shall we? Next time you update your resume, switch up a few of those common words and phrases with strong, compelling action verbs that will catch hiring managers’ eyes. No matter what duty or accomplishment you’re trying to show off, we’ve got just the verb for you. Check out the list below, and get ready to make your resume way more exciting.

You Led a Project If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try: 1. Chaired 2. Controlled 3. Coordinated 4. Executed 5. Headed 6. Operated 7. Orchestrated 8. Organized 9. Oversaw 10. Planned 11. Produced 12. Programmed You Envisioned and Brought to Life a Project And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try: 13. Administered 14. Built 15. Charted 16. Created 17. Designed 18. Developed 19. Devised 20. Founded 21. Engineered 22. Established 23. Formalized 24. Formed 25. Formulated 26. Implemented 27. Incorporated 28. Initiated 29. Instituted 30. Introduced 31. Launched 32. Pioneered 33. Spearheaded

You Saved the Company Time or Money Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try: 34. Conserved 35. Consolidated 36. Decreased 37. Deducted 38. Diagnosed 39. Lessened 40. Reconciled 41. Reduced 42. Yielded

You Increased Efficiency, Sales, Revenue, or Customer Satisfaction Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider: 43. Accelerated 44. Achieved 45. Advanced 46. Amplified 47. Boosted 48. Capitalized 49. Delivered 50. Enhanced 51. Expanded 52. Expedited 53. Furthered 54. Gained 55. Generated 56. Improved 57. Lifted 58. Maximized 59. Outpaced 60. Stimulated 61. Sustained

You Changed or Improved Something So, you brought your department’s invoicing system out of the Stone Age and onto the interwebs? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words: 62. Centralized 63. Clarified 64. Converted 65. Customized 66. Influenced 67. Integrated 68. Merged 69. Modified 70. Overhauled 71. Redesigned 72. Refined 73. Refocused 74. Rehabilitated 75. Remodeled 76. Reorganized 77. Replaced 78. Restructured 79. Revamped 80. Revitalized 81. Simplified 82. Standardized 83. Streamlined 84. Strengthened 85. Updated 86. Upgraded 87. Transformed

You Managed a Team Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like: 88. Aligned 89. Cultivated 90. Directed 91. Enabled 92. Facilitated 93. Fostered 94. Guided 95. Hired 96. Inspired 97. Mentored 98. Mobilized 99. Motivated 100. Recruited 101. Regulated 102. Shaped 103. Supervised 104. Taught 105. Trained 106. Unified 107. United You Brought in Partners, Funding, or Resources Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try: 108. Acquired 109. Forged 110. Navigated 111. Negotiated 112. Partnered 113. Secured

You Supported Customers Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use: 114. Advised 115. Advocated 116. Arbitrated 117. Coached 118. Consulted 119. Educated 120. Fielded 121. Informed 122. Resolved

You Were a Research Machine Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words: 123. Analyzed 124. Assembled 125. Assessed 126. Audited 127. Calculated 128. Discovered 129. Evaluated 130. Examined 131. Explored 132. Forecasted 133. Identified 134. Interpreted 135. Investigated 136. Mapped 137. Measured 138. Qualified 139. Quantified 140. Surveyed 141. Tested 142. Tracked

You Wrote or Communicated Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like: 143. Authored 144. Briefed 145. Campaigned 146. Co-authored 147. Composed 148. Conveyed 149. Convinced 150. Corresponded 151. Counseled 152. Critiqued 153. Defined 154. Documented 155. Edited 156. Illustrated 157. Lobbied 158. Persuaded 159. Promoted 160. Publicized 161. Reviewed

You Oversaw or Regulated Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words: 162. Authorized 163. Blocked 164. Delegated 165. Dispatched 166. Enforced 167. Ensured 168. Inspected 169. Itemized 170. Monitored 171. Screened 172. Scrutinized 173. Verified

You Achieved Something Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like: 174. Attained 175. Awarded 176. Completed 177. Demonstrated 178. Earned 179. Exceeded 180. Outperformed 181. Reached 182. Showcased 183. Succeeded 184. Surpassed 185. Targeted

Source:  https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome

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