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ACTION VERBS FOR JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

Verb phrases are the strongest way to describe previous job responsibilities. To write verb phrases, pretend you're telling someone about your job, beginning each sentence with "I. . . . " For example, "I supervise ten employees. I organize mass mailings. I arrange airline and hotel reservations." On the resume, you omit the "I" and use only the remaining verb phrases to describe the work you do: "Supervise ten employees. Organize mass mailings. Arrange airline and hotel reservations." Use present tense verb phrases for jobs you currently hold and past tense for former jobs. If you have any difficulty finding the right verbs to describe your work, choose from the following list: 
accomplished             achieved
acquired                 acted
adapted                  addressed
adjusted                 administered
advanced                 advised
allocated                analyzed
applied                  appraised
approved                 arranged
assembled                assigned
assisted                 attained
audited                  author
automated                balanced
brought                  budgeted
built                    calculated
catalogued               chaired
changed                  clarified
coached                  collected 
communicated             compared
compiled                 completed
composed                 computed 
computerized             conceptualized  
conceived                concluded
conducted                conserved
consolidated             contained
continued                contracted
contributed              controlled
coordinated              corrected
corresponded             counseled
created                  critiqued
cut                      decreased
delegated                decided
defined                  delivered 
demonstrated             determined
designed                 developed
devised                  diagnosed
directed                 dispatched
distinguished            distributed
diversified              drafted
edited                   educated
eliminated               enabled
encouraged               engineered
enlisted                 established
ensured                  estimated
evaluated                examined
executed                 expanded
expedited                extracted
fabricated               facilitated
familiarized             fashioned  
finalized                focused
forecast                 formulated
founded                  gathered
generated                graded
guided                   handled
headed up                identified
illustrated              implemented
improved                 increased
indoctrinated            influenced
informed                 initiated 
innovated                inspected
instructed               insured
integrated               interpreted
interviewed              introduced
invented                 investigated
kept                     launched 
lectured                 led
made                     maintained
managed                  manufactured
marketed                 mediated 
moderated                modified
monitored                motivated
negotiated               observed
operated                 ordered
organized                originated
outsold                  overhauled
oversaw                  participated
performed                persuaded
planned                  prepared 
presented                presided  
prioritized              processed
produced                 programmed
projected                promoted 
proposed                 provided
publicized               published
purchased                recommended
reconciled               recorded 
recruited                reduced
referred                 regulated 
rehabilitated            related  
remodeled                repaired 
reported                 represented
researched               restored 
restructured             retrieved
reversed                 reviewed  
revised                  revitalized
saved                    scheduled
schooled                 screened 
selected                 serviced  
set                      shaped
screened                 selected
simplified               skilled 
sold                     solidified
solved                   specified 
stimulated               streamlined
strengthened             suggested
summarized               supervised
surveyed                 systemized
tabulated                taught
tested                   trained
translated               traveled   
trimmed                  updated
upgraded                 validated 
worked                   wrote

 

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