50 VERBS TO USE ON YOUR RESUME

Resumes require descriptive and active verbs to make reviewers fully aware of your accomplishments, knowledge, skills and dispositions. I have lifted many of the actual verbs that my clients have used in their resumes. Some are better than others although they may connote similar meanings. To my thinking, the more active the verb the better. As an example, “develop” is neutral compared to “create”. “inspire” has a positive emotional component compared to “motivate”.

Here are 40 examples to choose from. I’m sure there are others. However, you should find these examples very useful in crafting your resume.

  1. OVERSEE
  2. DIRECT
  3. SUPERVISE
  4. MANAGE
  5. RUN
  6. ADMINISTER
  7. CREATE
  8. DEVELOP
  9. ADVANCE
  10. BRING ABOUT
  11. COACH
  12. NURTURE
  13. ACCOMPLISH
  14. ENHANCE
  15. INCREASE
  16. GROW
  17. ENCOURAGE
  18. FOSTER
  19. INSIRE
  20. MOTIVATE
  21. PERSUADE
  22. CONVINCE
  23. INFLUENCE
  24. SUPPORT
  25. SUSTAIN
  26. CONTROL
  27. GOVERN
  28. STIMULATE
  29. KINDLE
  30. ADVANCE
  31. USE
  32. DESIGN
  33. CRAFT
  34. INSTRUCT
  35. TEACH
  36. MENTOR
  37. GUIDE
  38. PLAN
  39. STRATEGIZE
  40. PROPOSE
  41. PROVIDE LEADERSHIP
  42. WRITE
  43. AUTHOR
  44. FOUNDER OF
  45. INITIATE
  46. RECRUIT
  47. REFORM
  48. SYNTHESIZE
  49. ANALYZE
  50. FORMED
  51. ORGANIZE

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