Job-Seeker Resume Action Verbs

The words you choose for your resume can help you catch the attention of a potential employer. It is important to use action words and to write in the "active voice" instead of "passive voice."

 For instance:

  • Passive voice: "Monthly financial reports were generated by me." - BAD!
  • Active voice: "I generated the monthly financial reports." - GOOD!

No job-seeker should ever be without action verbs for describing accomplishments on your resumes and cover letters.

Job-seekers: Do not ever let your cover letter or resume leave your hands until you have described your accomplishments, skills, and experiences using these key action verbs.

We organized our list of action verbs alphabetically and by general skill categories.Use one of the links below to get started on strengthening your job-search correspondence!


View action verbs by skill categories


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