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Descriptive Words

The following offers you a list of Action Words that you may use to describe the activities you reference on your resume. Vary the words you use to describe what you have achieved. Remember to use present tense if you are describing your current work and past tense when representing past contributions. Please be consistent and proofread your resume before you send it out.

  To suggest skill
• adjusted
• recalibrated
• categorized
• edited
• interpreted
• staged
• advised
• computed
• investigated
• refined
• analyzed
• conducted
• examined
• mastered
• reorganized
• arranged
• constructed
• identified
• organized
• researched
• determined
• inspected
• prepared
• revised
• documented
• instituted
• studied

To highlight creativity
• authored
• conceived
• forecasted
• formulated
• designed
• initiated
• developed
• originated
• proposed
• conceptualized
• brainstormed

To demonstrate activity
• attended
• contracted
• examined
• ensured
• operated
• purchased
• scheduled
• systematized
• automated
• delivered
• expedited
• interviewed
• packaged
• shipped
• trained
• collected
• discharged
• guided
• inventoried
• recorded
• solicited
• compiled
• engaged
• maintained
• performed
• recruited
• sorted
• verified
• engineered
• induced
• monitored
• processed
• staffed
• established
• inspected
• moved
• provided
• reviewed
• administered
• awarded
• designated
• hired
• required
• subordinated
• accounted
• completed
• profited
• allocated
• budgeted
• discharged
• managed
• selected
• supervised
• altered
• dismantled
• improved
• reduced
• appointed
• conducted
• enforced
• presided
• settled
answered
• earned
• marketed
• reorganized
• turned around
• approved
• controlled
• engineered
• reengineered
• purchased
• signed
• accomplished
• eliminated
• prevented
• repaired
• assigned
• counseled
• fired
• recommended
• sponsored
• achievement
• enlarged
• produced
• replaced
• solved
• authorized
• delegated
• governed
• regulated
• stipulated
• advantageous
• expended
• manufactured
• resolved

To evoke communication
• advertised
• discussed
• informed
• publicized
• distributed
• instructed
• redirected
• circulated
• emphasized
• referred
• familiarized
• oriented
• coached
• presented
• recommended
• conferred
• liaised
• promoted

To imply collaboration
• accommodated
• cooperated
• negotiated
• respected
• coordinated
• personalized
• agreed
• facilitated
• arranged
• teamed
• reconciled
• assisted
• moderated
• related
• consulted
• modified

To say success
• accomplished
• ascendancy
• distinctive
• excellent
• flourishing
• good
• imposing
• money–making
• perfect
• productive
• realization
• rewarded
• sizable
• strong
• superior
• triumph
• unique
• valued
• advanced
• asset
• benefited
• completed
• distinguished
• exceptional
• fruitful
• growth
• improved
• more
• perfected
• profit
• remarkable
• rewarding
• solid
• substantial
• superiority
• uppermost
• winning
• advantaged
• attained
• better
• considerable
• effective
• extraordinary
• functional
• greater
• larger
• notable
• phenomenal
• profited
• renowned
• satisfaction
• solvent
• success
• unbeatable
• upgrade
• attainment
• bigger
• contributed
• efficient
• favored
• functioning
• influential
• largest
• noteworthy
• powerful
• prominence
• reputable
• satisfied
• sound
• successful
• thriving
• uncommon
• useful
• worthwhile
• awarded
• booming
• decisive
• eminent
• first–class
• gain
• illustrious
• lucrative
• ongoing
• prestige
• prominent
• significant
• stable
• super
• top
• unexcelled
• valuable
• yield
• beneficial
• celebrated
• desirable
• esteemed
• first–rate
• gainful
• important
• major
• outstanding
• prestigious
• prosperous
• reward
• singular
• steadied
• unparalleled

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