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How Many Of These Powerful Verbs Are In Your Resume?

90% of all resumes are packed with the same tired 4 verbs (led, handled, managed, responsible for) when it comes to describing your experience and accomplishments. Don’t be that person. Hiring managers have heard these boring words over and over again. Use your imagination. There are hundreds of interesting and powerful verbs that you could use to add a little extra spice to your resume. Simply by swapping these dull powerful verbs to use in resumeverbs for a few power players, your resume is immediately more interesting and compelling.  No matter what skill or accomplishment you’re trying to highlight, there is the perfect power verb for the job.

You ‘Led’ a Project

Let’s ditch ‘led’ into the trash and use powerful verbs to explain that you were in charge of a project.

1. Chaired

2. Controlled

3. Coordinated

4. Executed

5. Headed

6. Operated

7. Orchestrated

8. Organized

9. Oversaw

10. Planned

11. Produced

12. Programmed

The Project Was Your Idea

If the project was your brainchild and you brought it to life, developed and implemented it into your company, here are some powerful verbs:

13. Administered

14. Built

15. Charted

16. Created

17. Designed

18. Developed

19. Devised

20. Founded

21. Engineered

22. Established

23. Formalized

24. Formed

25. Formulated

26. Implemented

27. Incorporated

28. Initiated

29. Instituted

30. Introduced

31. Launched

32. Pioneered

33. Spearheaded

You Made The Company More Efficient

There are few things hiring managers like more in potential candidates than someone who takes the initiative to make the company more efficient. Whether you cut-costs or saved them time and/or money here are some key verbs you should use:

34. Conserved

35. Consolidated

36. Decreased

37. Deducted

38. Diagnosed

39. Lessened

40. Reconciled

41. Reduced

42. Yielded

You Raked In The Money

In a similar vein as the previous bullet, here are some killer verbs to show you made the company more efficient, increased sales or made more customers happy:

43. Accelerated

44. Achieved

45. Advanced

46. Amplified

47. Boosted

48. Capitalized

49. Delivered

50. Enhanced

51. Expanded

52. Expedited

53. Furthered

54. Gained

55. Generated

56. Improved

57. Lifted

58. Maximized

59. Outpaced

60. Stimulated

61. Sustained

You Caused Positive Change

You changed something in the company that made things run more efficiently, easier, simpler and better. Show off these amazing changes with these words:

62. Centralized

63. Clarified

64. Converted

65. Customized

66. Influenced

67. Integrated

68. Merged

69. Modified

70. Overhauled

71. Redesigned

72. Refined

73. Refocused

74. Rehabilitated

75. Remodeled

76. Reorganized

77. Replaced

78. Restructured

79. Revamped

80. Revitalized

81. Simplified

82. Standardized

83. Streamlined

84. Strengthened

85. Updated

86. Upgraded

87. Transformed

You “Managed” a Team

Don’t like off your responsibilities and management duties. Demonstrate how you were an effective and  inspirational leader with powerful verbs like:

88. Aligned

89. Cultivated

90. Directed

91. Enabled

92. Facilitated

93. Fostered

94. Guided

95. Hired

96. Inspired

97. Mentored

98. Mobilized

99. Motivated

100. Recruited

101. Regulated

102. Shaped

103. Supervised

104. Taught

105. Trained

106. Unified

107. United

You Build New Partnerships

You were “responsible for” hunting down and bringing in new partnerships whether this be funding or sponsors.

108. Acquired

109. Forged

110. Navigated

111. Negotiated

112. Partnered

113. Secured

You Supported Customers

Customers are what makes the world go round in business. Whether you were answering the phones or fielding questions here are some useful power verbs to show off your accomplishments.

114. Advised

115. Advocated

116. Arbitrated

117. Coached

118. Consulted

119. Educated

120. Fielded

121. Informed

122. Resolved

Critical Research

Research and digging for valuable information is a critical part of any job. Did you uncover the gold for a particular project? Use these killer verbs.

123. Analyzed

124. Assembled

125. Assessed

126. Audited

127. Calculated

128. Discovered

129. Evaluated

130. Examined

131. Explored

132. Forecasted

133. Identified

134. Interpreted

135. Investigated

136. Mapped

137. Measured

138. Qualified

139. Quantified

140. Surveyed

141. Tested

142. Tracked

You Wrote or Communicated

There are so many more interesting ways to show off that you wrote something.

143. Authored

144. Briefed

145. Campaigned

146. Co-authored

147. Composed

148. Conveyed

149. Convinced

150. Corresponded

151. Counseled

152. Critiqued

153. Defined

154. Documented

155. Edited

156. Illustrated

157. Lobbied

158. Persuaded

159. Promoted

160. Publicized

161. Reviewed

You Oversaw or Regulated

Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:

162. Authorized

163. Blocked

164. Delegated

165. Dispatched

166. Enforced

167. Ensured

168. Inspected

169. Itemized

170. Monitored

171. Screened

172. Scrutinized

173. Verified

You Achieved Something

Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like:

174. Attained

175. Awarded

176. Completed

177. Demonstrated

178. Earned

179. Exceeded

180. Outperformed

181. Reached

182. Showcased

183. Succeeded

184. Surpassed

185. Targeted