Action verbs make your resume—and you—look awesome.

A resume is more than a list of your work history and accomplishments; it’s also an argument for your efficacy in the workplace. Employers want employees who are proactive and who can get things done. In order to best highlight your abilities and initiative, load your resume with action verbs, particularly at the beginning of eye-catching bullet points. As much as possible, try also to avoid using the same action verb more than once on your resume.

Examples:

  • Coordinated curricula and instruction across 10 discussion sections in the largest undergraduate course on campus
  • Supervised 20 graduate students as the head of the university’s student writing center
  • Oversaw conference logistics, coached undergraduate presenters, moderated panel discussions
  • Developed new grading rubric to improve speed and accuracy of grading by ~25%
Verbs that Highlight Leadership
Managed Supervised Orchestrated Initiated
Selected Taught Advised Moderated
Vetted Started Directed Controlled
Led Oversaw Ran Hired
Fired Launched Inaugurated Mentored
Founded Generated Coached Drove

 

Verbs that Highlight Creativity
Created Designed Developed Authored
Wrote Published Edited Revised
Devised Constructed Built Invented
Conceived Composed Discovered Penned

 

Verbs That Highlight Analytical Ability
Analyzed Evaluated Assessed Calculated
Improved Modeled Sampled Strategized
Reviewed Critiqued Tested Simplified
Solved Argued Coded Deciphered
Studied Inspected Investigated Examined
Researched Appraised Explored

 

Verbs That Highlight Productivity
Produced Used Utilized Accomplished
Conducted Implemented Integrated Persuaded
Completed Coordinated Liaised Assisted
Negotiated Represented Elevated Prepared
Raised Generated Increased Decreased
Supported Responded to Served Presented
Communicated Prioritized Purchased Revamped
Facilitated Connected Systematized Provided
Targeted Sold Reported Maintained
Executed Administered Pitched