200 Power Verbs to Use on Your Résumé

Julia Millay Walsh

Verbs are one of the most important ingredients in an impactful résumé. They instantly paint a picture for hiring managers of who you are, what you're capable of, and how you behave in the workplace. They instill a sense of work ethic and hustle—or lack there of. Are you someone who assists? Or someone who helps another person complete tasks? Do you own responsibility? Do you manage? Are you proactive? Do you take inititative? All of these questions can be answered with a single word. Don't let the dedicated, hard-working person get muffled by a weak word. Introduce power verbs next to those bullet points, and you'll be turning employers away. Here are 200 to get you started.

  1. Accelerated
  2. Achieved
  3. Acquired
  4. Adapted
  5. Addressed
  6. Administered
  7. Advanced
  8. Advised
  9. Aligned
  10. Allocated
  11. Amplified
  12. Analyzed
  13. Appraised
  14. Arbitrated
  15. Arranged
  16. Assessed
  17. Assigned
  18. Attained
  19. Audited
  20. Authored
  21. Balanced
  22. Boosted
  23. Budgeted
  24. Built
  25. Calculated
  26. Capitalized
  27. Centralized
  28. Chaired
  29. Charted
  30. Clarified
  31. Coached
  32. Collaborated
  33. Collected
  34. Computed
  35. Conceptualized
  36. Conserved
  37. Consolidated
  38. Contracted
  39. Controlled
  40. Converted
  41. Coordinated
  42. Corresponded
  43. Created
  44. Critiqued
  45. Cultivated
  46. Customized
  47. Decreased
  48. Deducted
  49. Delegated
  50. Delivered
  51. Demystified
  52. Designed
  53. Developed
  54. Devised
  55. Diagnosed
  56. Directed
  57. Dispatched
  58. Drafted
  59. Edited
  60. Enabled
  61. Encouraged
  62. Engineered
  63. Enhanced
  64. Enlisted
  65. Established
  66. Evaluated
  67. Examined
  68. Executed
  69. Expanded
  70. Extracted
  71. Facilitated
  72. Fashioned
  73. Fielded
  74. Forecasted
  75. Forged
  76. Formalized
  77. Formed
  78. Formulated
  79. Fostered
  80. Founded
  81. Furthered
  82. Gained
  83. Generated
  84. Guided
  85. Headed
  86. Hired
  87. Identified
  88. Illustrated
  89. Implemented
  90. Improved
  91. Incorporated
  92. Increased
  93. Influenced
  94. Informed
  95. Initiated
  96. Inspected
  97. Inspired
  98. Instituted
  99. Instructed
  100. Integrated
  101. Interpreted
  102. Interviewed
  103. Introduced
  104. Invented
  105. Investigated
  106. Launched
  107. Lectured
  108. Led
  109. Lessened
  110. Liaised
  111. Lifted
  112. Managed
  113. Mapped
  114. Marketed
  115. Maximized
  116. Mediated
  117. Mentored
  118. Merged
  119. Mobilized
  120. Moderated
  121. Modified
  122. Monitored
  123. Motivated
  124. Navigated
  125. Negotiated
  126. Operated
  127. Orchestrated
  128. Organized
  129. Originated
  130. Outpaced
  131. Overhauled
  132. Oversaw
  133. Partnered
  134. Persuaded
  135. Pioneered
  136. Planned
  137. Prepared
  138. Prioritized
  139. Processed
  140. Produced
  141. Programmed
  142. Projected
  143. Promoted
  144. Publicized
  145. Purchased
  146. Qualified
  147. Quantified
  148. Recommended
  149. Reconciled
  150. Recorded
  151. Recruited
  152. Redesigned
  153. Reduced
  154. Refined
  155. Refocused
  156. Regulated
  157. Rehabilitated
  158. Remodeled
  159. Reorganized
  160. Replaced
  161. Researched
  162. Resolved
  163. Restored
  164. Restructured
  165. Retrieved
  166. Revamped
  167. Reviewed
  168. Revitalized
  169. Scheduled
  170. Screened
  171. Secured
  172. Set goals
  173. Shaped
  174. Simplified
  175. Sold
  176. Spearheaded
  177. Specified
  178. Spoke
  179. Standardized
  180. Stimulated
  181. Streamlined
  182. Strengthened
  183. Summarized
  184. Supervised
  185. Surveyed
  186. Sustained
  187. Systematized
  188. Taught
  189. Tested
  190. Trained
  191. Transformed
  192. Translated
  193. Unified
  194. United
  195. Updated
  196. Upgraded
  197. Validated
  198. Verified
  199. Wrote
  200. Yielded

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