Action Verbs by Skill Set

First identify 2 or 3 skill sets most relevant to the position you hope to attain. Then scan through the list of verbs and make those that describe activities you have done in other situations. Continue down the list until you have identified a handful of examples that demonstrate your competency using this skill. Make sure you arrange your resume in such a way as to highlight the most significant of these. Use headings that match both your skills and the position to which you are applying.

Management

•produced •anticipated •analyzed •approved •assigned •delegated
•attained •chaired •checked •reviewed •contracted •developed
•devised •directed •evaluated •enforced •formed •governed
•headed •increased •initiated •integrated •organized •planned
•prioritized •administered •recommended •coordinated •scheduled •supervised

 

Communication

•addressed •composed •drafted •interpreted •persuaded •recruited
•arbitrated •conveyed •edited •lectured •presented •translated
•arranged •transcribed •enlisted •mediated •promoted •corresponded
•authored •developed •formulated •moderated •publicized •collaborated
•wrote •directed •influenced •negotiated •reconciled

 

Research

•assessed •critiqued •surveyed •examined •interviewed •investigated
•clarified •discovered •diagnosed •identified •reviewed •summarized
•collected •defined •dissected •inspected •organized •determined
•correlated •detailed •evaluated •interpreted •reported •systematized

 

Teaching

•adapted •revised •evaluated •informed •simplified •coordinated
•advised •developed •explained •inspired •set goals •tailored
•clarified •enabled •facilitated •instructed •sparked •encouraged
•coached •communicated •guided •persuaded •stimulated •trained
•unified

 

Detailed

•approved •dispatched •compiled •organized •retrieved •met deadlines
•validated •responded •arranged •purchased •classified •implemented
•retained •recorded •judged •compared •operated •reorganized
•executed •enforced •collected •inspected •copied •processed

 

Financial

•verified •audited •developed •forecasted •projected •researched
•allocated •balanced •earned •managed •rectified •reviewed
•analyzed •budgeted •estimated •marketed •reduced •administered
•appraised •calculated •financed •planned

 

Creative

•acted •decorated •planned •founded •instituted •performed
•designed •established •illustrated •integrated •dramatized •conceptualized
•created •developed •shaped •imagined •introduced •revitalized
•invented •directed •fashioned •initiated •customized •transformed

 

Helping

•accepted •conducted •educated •guided •provided •represented
•assisted •counseled •effected •motivated •served •empowered
•assessed •dealt •resolved •participated •questioned •restored
•clarified •handled •protected •referred •validated •demonstrated
•coached •diagnosed •facilitated

 

Clerical

•adjusted •collected •distributed •indexed •organized •retrieved
•approved •compiled •generated •inspected •catalogued •implemented
•arranged •controlled •grouped •monitored •processed •specified
•prepared •copied •screened •operated •purchased •systematized
•classified •dispatched •recorded •ordered •improvised •tabulated

 

Analytical

•compared •consulted •enlarged •originated •enlightened •experimented
•conceived •converted •predicted •utilized •constructed •investigated
•perceived

 

Manual

•assembled •controlled •ground •fed •lifted •shipped
•bent •operated •set up •moved •pulled •handled
•bound •tended

 

Accomplishment

•achieved •executed •expanded •innovated •pioneered •experienced
•displayed •recognized •improved •overcame •succeeded

 

Technical

•assembled •computed •installed •overhauled •maintained •strengthened
•built •designed •repaired •remodelled •upgraded •programmed
•calculated •engineered •operated •solved