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203 Power Words and Action Verbs to Boost Your Res...

203 Power Words and Action Verbs to Boost Your Resume, CV and LinkedIn Profile

This year is coming to an end and it’s time to think about those resolutions for 2017. For some people, that involves looking for a new job that gives them more responsibility, more fulfilling work, better compensation or allows them to change industries or functions. Whatever your motivation might be, brushing up your resume and crafting a CV that puts you in the best possible light is usually part of the process. Similarly, updating your LinkedIn profile and adding all those missing accomplishments and job details is on your to-do list.

One key to standing out from the crowd and communicating your achievements and duties best possible is the use of power words, more specifically action verbs that make your narrative more engaging and meaningful. So, before you have every bullet point begin with “Led”, “Supported” and “Created”, have a look at the list below. We have 203 powerful verbs for you, organized by 10 broad roles. Carefully pick the ones that fit best with your career and make sure to be as specific and substantial in describing your contributions as you can. Avoid the temptation to stuff as many action verbs in your resume as you can. Your goal is to communicate effectively with a hiring manager or recruiter, not to have them play bullshit bingo.

I’m a Leader

  1. Administered
  2. Aligned
  3. Chaired
  4. Coached
  5. Cultivated
  6. Decided
  7. Delegated
  8. Directed
  9. Enabled
  10. Ensured
  11. Established
  12. Headed
  13. Hired
  14. Initiated
  15. Managed
  16. Motivated
  17. Negotiated
  18. Orchestrated
  19. Oversaw
  20. Spearheaded
  21. Supervised

I’m a Planner

  1. Arranged
  2. Assigned
  3. Briefed
  4. Coordinated
  5. Defined
  6. Developed
  7. Evaluated
  8. Organized
  9. Prioritized
  10. Recommended
  11. Scheduled
  12. Set up
  13. Specified
  14. Structured

I’m a Doer

  1. Advanced
  2. Accelerated
  3. Assembled
  4. Collaborated
  5. Dispatched
  6. Executed
  7. Facilitated
  8. Fixed
  9. Fulfilled
  10. Handled
  11. Implemented
  12. Integrated
  13. Maintained
  14. Launched
  15. Operated
  16. Ordered
  17. Prepared
  18. Processed
  19. Produced
  20. Programmed
  21. Purchased
  22. Ran
  23. Repaired
  24. Shaped
  25. Solved
  26. Strengthened
  27. Troubleshot
  28. Updated

I’m an Achiever

  1. Awarded
  2. Boosted
  3. Delivered
  4. Earned
  5. Elected
  6. Exceeded
  7. Excelled
  8. Gained
  9. Grew
  10. Increased
  11. Maximized
  12. Netted
  13. Nominated
  14. Outperformed
  15. Performed
  16. Reached
  17. Received
  18. Selected
  19. Sold
  20. Succeeded
  21. Won

I’m a Coach

  1. Advised
  2. Aided
  3. Consulted
  4. Counsled
  5. Educated
  6. Encouraged
  7. Guided
  8. Mediated
  9. Mentored
  10. Moderated
  11. Taught
  12. Trained
  13. Tutored

I’m a Communicator

  1. Addressed
  2. Advertised
  3. Announced
  4. Attracted
  5. Authored
  6. Contacted
  7. Demonstrated
  8. Edited
  9. Formulated
  10. Influenced
  11. Informed
  12. Inspired
  13. Lobbied
  14. Marketed
  15. Partnered
  16. Persuaded
  17. Presented
  18. Promoted
  19. Publicized
  20. Published
  21. Represented
  22. Spoke
  23. Translated
  24. United
  25. Wrote

I’m an Optimizer

  1. Automated
  2. Balanced
  3. Bargained
  4. Centralized
  5. Changed
  6. Consolidated
  7. Critiqued
  8. Eliminated
  9. Enhanced
  10. Expanded
  11. Fashioned
  12. Formed
  13. Furthered
  14. Improved
  15. Merged
  16. Modified
  17. Redesigned
  18. Reduced
  19. Refined
  20. Reorganized
  21. Restructured
  22. Saved
  23. Simplified
  24. Standardized
  25. Streamlined
  26. Upgraded

I’m a Researcher

  1. Analyzed
  2. Assessed
  3. Audited
  4. Classified
  5. Collected
  6. Compiled
  7. Detected
  8. Diagnosed
  9. Discovered
  10. Examined
  11. Explored
  12. Extracted
  13. Identified
  14. Interviewed
  15. Investigated
  16. Measured
  17. Proved
  18. Qualified
  19. Reported
  20. Reviewed
  21. Screened
  22. Searched
  23. Summarized
  24. Surveyed
  25. Systematized
  26. Tested
  27. Validated
  28. Verified

I’m a Creator

  1. Built
  2. Conceptualized
  3. Crafted
  4. Designed
  5. Drafted
  6. Founded
  7. Generated
  8. Illustrated
  9. Innovated
  10. Invented
  11. Originated
  12. Piloted
  13. Pioneered
  14. Proposed

I’m a Quant

  1. Allocated
  2. Budgeted
  3. Calculated
  4. Capitalized
  5. Computed
  6. Controlled
  7. Estimated
  8. Financed
  9. Forecasted
  10. Modeled
  11. Projected
  12. Quantified
  13. Quoted

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Before graduating from Stanford GSB with an MBA in 2016, Dan worked more than five years in media and communications. Dan grew up in Germany and now lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys being surrounded by more beaches, culture and coffee shops than one can ask for. He currently works as Entrepreneur in Residence at different properties of media company Bertelsmann.

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