Action Words for Resumes and Cover Letters

Examples of action words that describe your functional skills:

Accomplished
Abstracted
Achieved
Acquired
Acted
Adapted
Addressed
Administered
Advertised
Advised
Advocated
Aided
Allocated
Analyzed
Answered
Anticipated
Applied
Appraised
Approved
Arranged
Ascertained
Assembled
Assessed
Assisted
Attained
Audited
Augmented
Authored
Bolstered
Briefed
Brought
Budgeted
Built
Calculated
Cared
Charged
Chartered
Checked
Clarified
Classified
Coached
Collaborated
Collected
Comforted
Communicated
Compared
Completed
Complied
Composed
Computed
Conceived
Conducted
Conserved
Consulted
Contracted
Contributed
Converted
Cooperated
Coordinated
Copied
Correlated
Counseled
Created
Critiqued
Cultivated
Dealt
Debated
Decided
Defined
Delegated
Delivered
Designed
Detected
Determined
Developed
Devised
Diagnosed
Directed
Discovered
Discriminated
Dispatched
Displayed
Dissected
Documented
Drafted
Drove
Eliminated
Empathized
Enabled
Enforced
Enlightened
Enlisted
Ensured
Established
Estimated
Evaluated
Examined
Exceeded
Excelled
Expanded
Expedited
Experimented
Explained
Explored
Expressed
Extracted
Facilitate
Fashioned
Financed
Fixed
Followed
Formulated
Fostered
Founded
Gained
Gathered
Gave
Generated
Governed
Guided
Handled
Headed
Helped
Identified
Illustrated
Imagined
Implemented
Improved
Improvised
Inaugurated
Increased
Indexed
Indicated
Influenced
Initiated
Inspected
Instituted
Integrated
Interpreted
Interviewed
Introduced
Invented
Inventoried
Investigated
Judged
Kept
Launched
Learned
Lectured
Led
Lifted
Listened
Located
Logged
Made
Maintained
Managed
Manipulated
Mapped
Mastered
Maximized
Mediated
Memorized
Mentored
Met
Minimized
Modeled
Modified
Monitored
Motivated
Narrated
Negotiated
Observed
Obtained
Offered
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Originated
Overcame
Oversaw
Perceived
Perfected
Performed
Persuaded
Planned
Practiced
Predicted
Prepared
Presented
Prioritized
Produced
Programmed
Projected
Promoted
Proposed
Protected
Proved
Provided
Publicized
Published
Purchased
Queried
Questioned
Raised
Ran
Ranked
Rationalized
Read
Reasoned
Recorded
Received
Reduced
Referred
Related
Relied
Reported
Researched
Responded
Restored
Revamped
Reviewed
Scanned
Scheduled
Schemed
Screened
Set goals
Shaped
Skilled
Solicited
Solved
Specialized
Spoke
Stimulated
Strategized
Streamlined
Strengthened
Stressed
Studied
Substantiated
Succeeded
Summarized
Synthesized
Supervised
Supported
Surveyed
Sustained
Symbolized
Tabulated
Talked
Taught
Theorized
Trained
Translated
Upgraded
Utilized
Validated
Verified
Visualized
Won
Wrote

Examples of adaptive skill words that describe your personal traits:

Active
Adaptable
Adaptive
Adept
Aggressive
Analytical
Assertive
Broad-Minded
Committed
Competent
Conscientious
Cooperative
Creative
Dedicated
Dependable
Determined
Diligent
Diplomatic
Disciplined
Discreet Effective
Efficient
Energetic
Enterprising
Enthusiastic
Exceptional
Experienced
Fair
Familiar
Firm
Forceful
Honest
Independent
Innovative
Instrumental
Keen
Logical
Loyal
Mature
Methodical Objective
Open minded
Outgoing
Personable
Pleasant
Poised
Positive
Practical
Productive
Receptive
Reliable
Resilient
Resourceful
Self-confident
Self-motivated
Self-reliant
Sensitive
Sharp
Sincere
Strong
Successful
Tactful
Tenacious
Well-organized 

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