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10. Action Words

NOTE about spelling - this is the English/Australianised version of this list. For the US spelling of these same words, please click here.



Searching your past for facts about your achievements and choosing the most suitable ones for your résumé is not easy.

It is often difficult to write about them clearly and briefly.

Use action words... such as those listed below... at the beginning of sentences which describe something you have done.

Using action words helps you avoid starting sentences with "I" over and over again on the page... few things give a worse impression as it makes you sound very self-centred!

Use action words, and you start writing positive achievement statements which show how you produced outputs from the various tasks you carried out.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you include in your résumé, statements which demonstrate your abilities in three areas which are common to almost any job role:

communicating
efficiency
data management

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H| I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q| R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


A

accelerated
accomplished
achieved
acquired
acted
acted as
activated
active in
adapted
addressed
adjusted
administered
advanced
advertised
advised
advocated
aided
allocated
analysed
answered
applied
appraised
approved
arbitrated
arranged
ascertained
assembled
assessed
assigned
assimilated
assisted
assured
attained
attended
audited
augmented
authored
authorised
awarded


B

balanced
began
billed
boosted
bought
briefed
broadened
brought about
budgeted
built

C

calculated
campaigned
canvassed
captured
catalogued
centralised
chaired
charted
checked
clarified
classified
coached
collaborated
collected
combined
commanded
commended
communicated
compared
compiled
completed
composed
computed
conceived
conceptualised
condensed
conducted
conferred
conserved
consolidated
constructed
consulted
contacted
continued
contracted
contributed
controlled
converted
conveyed
convinced
cooperated
coordinated
correlated
corresponded
corroborated
counselled
created
critiqued
culminated in
cultivated
customised

D

debugged
decided
defined
delegated
delivered
demonstrated
designated
designed
detected
determined
developed
devised
diagnosed
directed
discovered
dispatched
dispensed
displayed
dissected
distributed
diverted
documented
drafted
dramatised

E

earned
edited
educated
effected
eliminated
emphasised
employed
enabled
enacted
encouraged
enforced
engineered
enhanced
enlarged
enlisted
ensured
entertained
equipped
established
estimated
evaluated
examined
exceeded
excelled
executed
exhibited
expanded
expedited
experimented
explained
explored
expressed
extended
extracted

F

fabricated
facilitated
familiarised
fashioned
filed
finalised
financed
fixed
focused
followed through
followed up
forecasted
forged
formatted
formed
formulated
fostered
found
founded
fulfilled
functioned
furnished

G

gained
gathered
generalised
generated
governed
graduated
granted
groomed
grossed
grouped
guided

H

handled
headed
heightened
helped
hired
hired
honed
hosted

I

identified
illustrated
imagined
implemented
improved
improvised
incorporated
increased
indexed
influenced
informed
initiated
innovated
inspected
inspired
installed
instigated
instilled
instituted
instructed
insured
integrated
interacted
interfaced
interpreted
interviewed
introduced
invented
investigated
involved
issued

J

joined
judged
justified

K

kept
kindled

L

labelled
launched
lectured
led
liaised
lifted
listened
lobbied
located
logged

M

maintained
managed
manufactured
mapped
marketed
mastered
maximised
measured
mediated
merged
met
minimised
mobilised
moderated
modernised
modified
monitored
motivated

N

navigated
negotiated
netted
nominated
notified
nurtured

O

observed
obtained
offered
opened
operated
optimised
orchestrated
ordered
organised
originated
outlined
overcame
overhauled
oversaw

P

participated
perceived
perfected
performed
persuaded
photographed
piloted
pinpointed
pioneered
placed
planned
played
predicted
prepared
prescribed
presented
presided
prevented
printed
prioritised
processed
procured
produced
programmed
projected
promoted
proposed
protected
proved
provided
publicised
published
purchased

Q

qualified
questioned

R

raised
ramrodded
ran
rated
reached
realised
received
recognised
recommended
reconciled
recorded
recruited
rectified
reduced
reevaluated
referred
refined
regulated
rehabilitated
related
remodelled
rendered
reorganised
repaired
replaced
reported
represented
researched
reshaped
resolved
responded
restored
retrieved
revamped
reviewed
revised
revitalised
revived
routed

S

saved
scheduled
screened
searched
secured
selected
separated
served
serviced
set goals
set up
shaped
shifted
shipped
simplified
simulated
sold
solicited
solidified
solved
sorted
spearheaded
specialised
specified
spoke
sponsored
staffed
standardised
started
stimulated
streamlined
strengthened
structured
studied
substituted
succeeded
suggested
summarised
supervised
supplemented
supplied
supported
surpassed
surveyed
sustained
synchronised
synthesised
systematised

T

tabulated
targeted
taught
terminated
tested
tightened
totalled
tracked
traded
trained
transcribed
transferred
transformed
translated
transmitted
treated
trouble-shot
tutored

U

uncovered
undertook
unified
united
updated
upgraded
used
utilised

V

validated
verified
visited
vitalised
volunteered

W

weighted
welcomed
widened
won
worked
wrote


Some information from "The Australian Résumé Guide" © Paul Stevens - reproduced with permission.



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