200 Power Verbs to Use on Your Résumé

Updated 04/25/19

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
  1. Drafted
  2. Edited
  3. Enabled
  4. Encouraged
  5. Engineered
  6. Enhanced
  7. Enlisted
  8. Established
  9. Evaluated
  10. Examined
  11. Executed
  12. Expanded
  13. Extracted
  14. Facilitated
  15. Fashioned
  16. Fielded
  17. Forecasted
  18. Forged
  19. Formalized
  20. Formed
  21. Formulated
  22. Fostered
  23. Founded
  24. Furthered
  25. Gained
  26. Generated
  27. Guided
  28. Headed
  29. Hired
  30. Identified
  31. Illustrated
  32. Implemented
  33. Improved
  34. Incorporated
  35. Increased
  36. Influenced
  37. Informed
  38. Initiated
  39. Inspected
  40. Inspired
  41. Instituted
  42. Instructed
  43. Integrated
  44. Interpreted
  45. Interviewed
  46. Introduced
  47. Invented
  48. Investigated
  49. Launched
  50. Lectured
  51. Led
  52. Lessened
  53. Liaised
  54. Lifted
  55. Managed
  56. Mapped
  57. Marketed
  58. Maximized
  59. Mediated
  60. Mentored
  1. Merged
  2. Mobilized
  3. Moderated
  4. Modified
  5. Monitored
  6. Motivated
  7. Navigated
  8. Negotiated
  9. Operated
  10. Orchestrated
  11. Organized
  12. Originated
  13. Outpaced
  14. Overhauled
  15. Oversaw
  16. Partnered
  17. Persuaded
  18. Pioneered
  19. Planned
  20. Prepared
  21. Prioritized
  22. Processed
  23. Produced
  24. Programmed
  25. Projected
  26. Promoted
  27. Publicized
  28. Purchased
  29. Qualified
  30. Quantified
  31. Recommended
  32. Reconciled
  33. Recorded
  34. Recruited
  35. Redesigned
  36. Reduced
  37. Refined
  38. Refocused
  39. Regulated
  40. Rehabilitated
  41. Remodeled
  42. Reorganized
  43. Replaced
  44. Researched
  45. Resolved
  46. Restored
  47. Restructured
  48. Retrieved
  49. Revamped
  50. Reviewed
  51. Revitalized
  52. Scheduled
  53. Screened
  54. Secured
  55. Set goals
  56. Shaped
  1. Simplified
  2. Sold
  3. Spearheaded
  4. Specified
  5. Spoke
  6. Standardized
  7. Stimulated
  8. Streamlined
  9. Strengthened
  10. Summarized
  11. Supervised
  12. Surveyed
  13. Sustained
  14. Systematized
  15. Taught
  16. Tested
  17. Trained
  18. Transformed
  19. Translated
  20. Unified
  21. United
  22. Updated
  23. Upgraded
  24. Validated
  25. Verified
  26. Wrote
  27. Yielded

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