Sometimes called “Buzz” words or “power” words, action words are essential for a successful resume.  Rather than using a passive voice in your resume, action words strongly describe what you’ve accomplished.  Replace passive phrases such as “Duties included managing and submitting reports” with action oriented phrases like “Managed a three person department” and “Submitted reports weekly”.  This places the emphasis on what you actually did.  Here is a list of Action words that might be helpful in creating your resume:

A

Achieved, Acted, Adapted, Administered, Advanced, Advised, Analyzed, Applied, Arranged, Assisted

B

Balanced, Billed, Briefed, Budgeted, Built

C

Carried out, Coached, Communicated, Compiled, Completed, Computed, Conducted, Controlled, Converted, Convinced, Coordinated, Counseled, Created

D

Decreased, Defined, Delegated, Delivered, Demonstrated, Designed, Determined, Developed, Devised, Diagnosed, Directed

E

Earned, Edited, Eliminated, Enabled, Encouraged, Enforced, Enhanced, Ensured, Established, Evaluated, Expanded, Expedited

F

Facilitated, Filed, Filled, Flagged, Formed, Formulated, Fostered, Founded, Fulfilled

G

Gained, Gathered, Generated, Grew, Guided

H

Handled, Harnessed, Headed, Helped, Hired

I

Identified, Illustrated, Implemented, Improved, Increased, Influenced, Initiated, Innovated, Inspected, Installed, Instructed, Integrated, Introduced, Invented, Inventoried, Investigated

J

Joined, Justified

K

Kept

L

Launched, Lectured, Led, Licensed, Logged

M

Maintained, Managed, Manufactured, Marketed, Mastered, Measured, Mediated, Mentored, Monitored

N

Named, Navigated, Negotiated

O

Observed, Obtained, Operated, Ordered, Organized, Oversaw

P

Participated, Performed, Persuaded, Planned, Posted, Prepared, Presented, Produced, Programmed, Promoted, Proposed, Provided, Published, Purchased, Pursued

Q

Qualified, Quantified

R

Received, Recommended, Recruited, Redesigned, Reduced, Reorganized, Researched, Resolved, Revamped, Reviewed, Revised

S

Scheduled, Screened, Selected, Served, Serviced, Set up, Simplified, Sold, Solved, Sorted, Staffed, Streamlined, Strengthened, Structured, Supervised, Supported, Surpassed, Surveyed

T

Targeted, Taught, Teamed with, Tested, Tracked, Trained, Transformed, Translated

U

Uncovered, Unified, Updated, Upgraded, Utilized

V

Verbalized, Verified

W

Weighed, Widened, Won, Worked, Wrote

X

Y

Z