Resumes – Sample Action Verbs

The following is a list of sample action verbs that can be used when writing resumes for management based roles. It’s important that resumes are themed and that you make your resume interesting, informative and most importantly, natural.

Please feel free to use the list when preparing your resume. This list is to assist people on a non commercial basis. As you can appreciate, as resume writers, we are able to draw on the word style, content, action verbs and transferable skills to ensure resumes capture the true essence of your background.

Resumes – Example Management / Leadership Skills:

developed, directed, dispatched
eliminated, emphasised, enacted
enforced, enhanced, established
evaluated, executed, generated
handled, headed, hired
hosted, improved, incorporated
increased, initiated, inspected
instituted, led, managed
rejuvenated, reorganised, replaced
restored, reviewed, scheduled
secured, selected, streamlined
strengthened, supervised, terminated

Resumes – Example Organisational Verbs

accumulated, adopted, approved
arranged, catalogued, categorized
charted, classified, coded
collated, collected, compiled
corrected, distributed, executed,
provided, purchased, recorded
registered, reserved, responded
retained, reviewed, routed
scheduled, screened, set up
standardised, submitted, supplied
systematised, updated, validated

Resumes should be designed with the reader in mind. Think of ways you can add value to the job being advertised.

For example, Project Managers are expected to meet and sometimes beat deadlines, as well as save money. CEO’s will be expected to lead the business strategy and increase the company competitiveness in the market, as well as driving down costs and meeting Board objectives. Administrators will need to enhance administration processes as well as demonstrate exceptional organisational and planning skills.

Try to identify which verb groups can be used and which will enhance a resume. There’s a whole host of transferable skills that can be included and should be included for the build of resumes..

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