Ultimate List of Strong Verbs for Resume | 209 Strong Verbs for Resume

You did more than “work” at your last job, so why is that the only way you can think of to describe it on your resume?

That piece of paper is so important when it comes to obtaining your next job — it’s what employers will look at before they even decide to meet you.

In other words, it has to be good.

And the best way to enrich that little piece of paper is by using strong verbs to describe what you did. Work? Not so much. You came, you saw, you conquered.

Okay, maybe don’t use that, but here are 209 other strong verbs for your resume to choose from as you strengthen and send out this important document.

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List of Strong Verbs to Show Off: Communication Skills

Quickly and effectively communicating with your colleagues is a foundational skill in most, if not all, industries. These verbs prove you can communicate well — in fact, the use of strong verbs is a subtle way of saying you can, too.

  1. Mediated
  2. Negotiated
  3. Edited
  4. Pitched
  5. Collaborated
  6. Corresponded
  7. Persuaded
  8. Translated
  9. Recruited
  10. Briefed
  11. Counseled
  12. Critiqued
  13. Campaigned
  14. Promoted
  15. Lobbied
  16. Reviewed
  17. Publicized
  18. Authored
  19. Co-authored
  20. Composed
  21. Defined
  22. Formulated
  23. Arbitrated
  24. Advised
  25. Conferred
  26. Convinced
  27. Interpreted
  28. Influenced
  29. Moderated
  30. Compromised
  31. Addressed
  32. Informed
  33. Partnered
  34. Published
  35. Fielded
  36. Resolved

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off Your: Creativity

Right-brainers, listen up: your skills are unique, and they deserve strong verbs to describe them. Seriously, not everyone has a creative side, so don’t be shy in showing yours off.

  1. Conceptualized
  2. Customized
  3. Visualized
  4. Transformed
  5. Developed
  6. Directed
  7. Drafted
  8. Produced
  9. Illustrated
  10. Conceived
  11. Penned
  12. Honed
  13. Finalized
  14. Coined
  15. Initiated
  16. Invented
  17. Detailed
  18. Finalized
  19. Tailored
  20. Redesigned

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off: Project Management

Project management requires equal parts brain power, leadership, delegation and collaboration. The fact that you do it is seriously impressive, so the list of strong verbs you use to describe your work should be, too.

  1. Coordinated
  2. Navigated
  3. Oversaw
  4. Delegated
  5. Tracked
  6. Headed
  7. Planned
  8. Fielded
  9. Clarified
  10. Set (goals)
  11. Stimulated
  12. Encouraged
  13. Guided
  14. Instructed
  15. Reassessed
  16. Chaired
  17. Prioritized
  18. Spearheaded
  19. Implemented
  20. Enlisted
  21. Orchestrated
  22. Aligned
  23. Mentored
  24. Mobilized
  25. United
  26. Cultivated
  27. Fostered
  28. Hired
  29. Unified

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off: A Boost in __________

This is particularly applicable to resume writers in sales, revenue, customer satisfaction or other fields with measurable levels of success. Again, let’s show off how much you meant to your last company, and how much you’ll mean to the new one.

  1. Capitalized
  2. Boosted
  3. Expanded
  4. Gained
  5. Generated
  6. Outpaced
  7. Outperformed
  8. Maximized
  9. Amplified
  10. Doubled, Tripled, etc.
  11. Furthered
  12. Diversified
  13. Extended
  14. Broadened
  15. Deepened
  16. Lifted
  17. Accelerated
  18. Enhanced
  19. Acquired
  20. Forged

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off Your: Money-Saving Skills

Just as important as it is for you to make your company money, they’ll be glad to know you can trim the fat.

  1. Consolidated
  2. Lessened
  3. Cut
  4. Decreased
  5. Diagnosed
  6. Reconciled
  7. Eliminated
  8. Conserved
  9. Yielded
  10. Streamlined

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off Your: Technical Prowess

It’s 2017, so you have to know your way around technology to be a viable candidate for a job these days. Of course, if your skills go above and beyond that benchmark, then by all means, show them off!

  1. Assembled
  2. Repaired
  3. Programmed
  4. Devised
  5. Engineered
  6. Troubleshot
  7. Operated
  8. Fabricated
  9. Upgraded
  10. Solved
  11. Constructed
  12. Crafted
  13. Masterminded
  14. Upgraded
  15. Converted
  16. Modified
  17. Replaced

Strong Verbs List to Show Off: Regulatory Responsibilities

You’ve got an eye for detail that has served your department and company well. Fortunately, there are more ways to say it than just “regulated” alone.

  1. Enforced
  2. Inspected
  3. Administered
  4. Calculated
  5. Monitored
  6. Screened
  7. Authorized
  8. Blocked
  9. Verified
  10. Scrutinized
  11. Enumerated
  12. Standardized
  13. Adjusted
  14. Determined
  15. Controlled
  16. Conducted
  17. Balanced
  18. Budgeted

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off: Research Know-How

Good research is the foundation of any successful project. So many of the highest-paying jobs require you to have experience in research, too, so be sure to mention your experience with the best terms.

  1. Assembled
  2. Probed
  3. Explored
  4. Discovered
  5. Examined
  6. Forecasted
  7. Investigated
  8. Analyzed
  9. Hypothesized
  10. Searched
  11. Sought
  12. Delved into
  13. Mapped
  14. Quantified
  15. Surveyed
  16. Tested
  17. Tracked
  18. Logged
  19. Graphed
  20. Gauged
  21. Qualified
  22. Evaluated
  23. Verbalized
  24. Explained
  25. Applied
  26. Assessed

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off: Internal Improvements You Made

We’ve talked about increasing sales or decreasing expenditures, but the rest of your improvements can be described with these verbs.

  1. Overhauled
  2. Pioneered
  3. Integrated
  4. Merged
  5. Centralized
  6. Clarified
  7. Restructured
  8. Revitalized
  9. Standardized
  10. Strengthened
  11. Simplified
  12. Identified
  13. Launched
  14. Updated
  15. Revamped
  16. Remodeled
  17. Facilitated
  18. Safeguarded
  19. Secured

List of Strong Verbs to Show Off Your: Personal Accomplishments

Did your last job give you special awards or recognition? Here’s how to tell your potential new bosses about it.

  1. Succeeded
  2. Awarded
  3. Achieved
  4. Originated
  5. Honored with
  6. Earned
  7. Fulfilled
  8. Named
  9. Inspired
  10. Demonstrated
  11. Surpassed
  12. Nominated
  13. Selected
  14. Showcased

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