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Chapter I. Selling Yourself on Paper
Action Words for Resumes

In presenting your skills, achievements, and prior jobs, use action power verbs.

Begin as many statements as possible with these power words. For example, "Operated a cash register and balanced the cash drawer at the end of my shift" is more effective than "Was a cashier."


AchievedEducatedMonitored
AdministeredEnabledMotivated
AdvisedEstablishedNegotiated
AnalyzedEvaluatedObtained
AssembledExaminedOrganized
AssistedExecutedOriginated
AttainedExpandedPersuaded
BalancedExplainedPrepared
BuiltFaciliatedPresented
CalculatedFocusedPreserved
CapturedFoundedProcured
ChairedGeneratedProposed
ChoreographedGuardedPublicized
ChangedHandledRecommended
ClarifiedHelpedRecorded
CollaboratedHiredRecruited
CompiledIdentifiedReduced
CommunicatedImplementedRestored
CompletedImprovedRestructured
ConductedIncreasedRevised
ConstructedInfluencedSaved
ControlledInformedServed
CoordinatedInitiatedScheduled
CopiedInspiredSold
CorrectedInterviewedSolved
CreatedInventedStrengthened
DefinedInvestigatedStimulated
DelegatedLaunchedSupervised
DemonstratedLedTaught
DesignedLobbiedTrained
DevelopedMaintainedTranslated
DirectedManagedUpdated
DistributedMarketedUtilized
DraftedMaximizedVerified
EditedModifiedWrote
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