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290+ Powerful CV Action Verbs

Matt Glodz
290+ Powerful CV Action Verbs

A comprehensive list of action words that will improve your CV

When crafting your CV's bullet points, make sure that they are achievement-based and quantify your accomplishments whenever possible.

Your bullet points should also start with action verbs.

You never want to give off the impression that you are a passive employee who is simply “responsible for” carrying out his day-to-day tasks, “assisted with” projects around the office and “helped” reach targets.

Action verbs reposition you as a proactive go-getter who will add real value to an organisation.

Use this list of action-oriented verbs to diversify and elevate your phrasing:

A

Accomplished

Achieved

Acted as/on

Adapted

Addressed

Adjusted

Administered

Advised

Advocated

Aided

Allocated

Amended

Analyzed

Applied

Appraised

Approved

Arranged

Ascertained

Assembled

Assessed

Assigned

Attained

Attended

Audited

Augmented

Authorised

Authored

B

Balanced

Bargained

Benchmarked

Broadened

Budgeted

Built

C

Calculated

Canvassed

Carried Out

Catalogued

Centralised

Chaired

Checked

Chose

Clarified

Classified

Coached

Collaborated

Collected

Combined

Communicated

Compared

Compiled

Completed

Composed

Computed

Conceived

Conceptualised

Concluded

Condensed

Conducted

Confirmed

Consolidated

Constructed

Consulted

Controlled

Converted

Convinced

Coordinated

Corrected

Corresponded

Counseled

Created

Critiqued

Cultivated

Customised

D

Dealt With

Decided

Decreased

Defined

Delegated

Delivered

Demonstrated

Described

Designated

Designed

Determined

Developed

Devised

Directed

Discovered

Displayed

Disseminated

Distinguished

Distributed

Documented

Drafted

E

Edited

Eliminated

Employed

Encouraged

Enforced

Engineered

Enhanced

Enlisted

Ensured

Established

Estimated

Evaluated

Examined

Exceeded

Executed

Exercised

Exhibited

Expanded

Expedited

Explained

Explored

Extracted

F

Facilitated

Familiarised

Fielded

Finalised

Financed

Forecasted

Formalised

Formatted

Formulated

Founded

Furnished

G

Gathered

Gauged

Generated

Guided

H

Headed

Hired

Hosted

I

Identified

Illustrated

Implemented

Improved

Improvised

Incorporated

Increased

Influenced

Informed

Initiated

Inspected

Installed

Instituted

Instructed

Integrated

Interacted

Interpreted

Interviewed

Introduced

Invented

Inventoried

Investigated

Involved

Issued

L

Launched

Lectured

Led

Leveraged

Lobbied

Located

M

Maintained

Managed

Marketed

Maximised

Measured

Mediated

Minimised

Modeled

Moderated

Modified

Monitored

Motivated

N

Negotiated

O

Observed

Obtained

Operated

Orchestrated

Ordered

Organised

Oriented

Originated

Overhauled

Oversaw

P

Participated

Performed

Persuaded

Planned

Polled

Predicted

Prepared

Presented

Preserved

Presided

Priced

Prioritised

Probed

Processed

Produced

Programmed

Projected

Promoted

Proofread

Proposed

Provided

Publicised

Published

Purchased

Pursued

Q

Quantified

Quoted

R

Raised

Ranked

Rated

Recommended

Reconciled

Recorded

Recruited

Redesigned

Reduced

Referred

Refined

Registered

Regulated

Reorganised

Replaced

Reported

Represented

Researched

Resolved

Responded

Restored

Restructured

Revamped

Reviewed

Revised

Revitalised

S

Scheduled

Screened

Searched

Secured

Selected

Served (As)

Set (Up)

Settled

Shortened

Simplified

Sold

Solicited

Solved

Spearheaded

Specified

Spoke

Standardised

Streamlined

Strengthened

Studied

Submitted

Substantiated

Suggested

Summarised

Supervised

Supplied

Supported

Surpassed

Surveyed

Synthesised

Systematised

T

Tailored

Targeted

Taught

Team-Taught

Tested

Trained

Transferred

Transformed

Translated

Transmitted

Trimmed

Tutored

U

Unified

Updated

Upgraded

V

Validated

Verified

W

Wrote

Source: Cornell Hotel School Resume Guide


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About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked for global companies, where he noted that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over 10 years.

He has been quoted on numerous business and career-related topics in outlets including Business Insider, CNBC, Fortune, Glassdoor, The Ladders, The Times and Thrive Global.



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