More Than 175 Resume Power Verbs and Phrases

The resume power verbs shown below provide the kind of impact you need when trying to make an impression on a prospective employer. Whether you are writing your resume or cover letter or preparing for an interview, you will want to be sure to use the best possible word at the best possible moment.



Employers want to hear and see your energy. They want to know you have the skill and intelligence needed to do the job well if you are hired. The WAY they do this is by reviewing the words you use - in your cover letter, your resume, and in the interview if you make it that far. Using resume power verbs adds that extra "punch" to your qualifications and gives employers the visuals they need to see who you really are.

Brush up on these resume key words, then use them where appropriate in your professional resume, etc. Be sure to use the same tense (accomplished or accomplish) so your resume flows.

  • Accelerated
  • Accomplished
  • Achieved
  • Acted
  • Activated
  • Adapted
  • Addressed
  • Adjusted
  • Administered
  • Advanced
  • Advertised
  • Analyzed
  • Answered
  • Assigned
  • Assisted
  • Audited
  • Authored
  • Automated
  • Balanced
  • Briefed
  • Built
  • Calculated
  • Captured
  • Catalogued
  • Centralized
  • Changed
  • Clarified
  • Classified
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Collected
  • Combined
  • Commanded
  • Communicated
  • Compared
  • Compiled
  • Completed
  • Composed
  • Conserved
  • Consolidated
  • Constructed
  • Consulted
  • Contacted
  • Contained
  • Continued
  • Contracted
  • Contributed
  • Controlled
  • Converted
  • Cooperated
  • Coordinated
  • Created
  • Critiqued
  • Cultivated
  • Customized
  • Decreased
  • Defined
  • Delegated
  • Delivered
  • Demonstrated
  • Designated
  • Designed
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Developed
  • Devised
  • Diagnosed
  • Directed
  • Discovered
  • Dispatched
  • Distributed
  • Diversified
  • Documented
  • Doubled
  • Edited
  • Educated
  • Eliminated
  • Emphasized
  • Employed
  • Enabled
  • Enacted
  • Engineered
  • Enhanced
  • Enlarged
  • Enlisted
  • Ensured
  • Entertained
  • Established
  • Estimated
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Explained
  • Explored
  • Expressed
  • Extended
  • Extracted
  • Facilitated
  • Familiarized
  • Fashioned
  • Finalized
  • Formulated
  • Fostered
  • Found
  • Founded
  • Fulfilled
  • Furnished
  • Gained
  • Gathered
  • Generated
  • Governed
  • Guided
  • Handled
  • Headed
  • Heightened
  • Honed
  • Hypothesized
  • Identified
  • Illustrated
  • Imagined
  • Implemented
  • Improved
  • Improvised
  • Incorporated
  • Increased
  • Indexed
  • Innovated
  • Inspected
  • Inspired
  • Installed
  • Instituted
  • Instructed
  • Insured
  • Integrated
  • Interpreted
  • Interviewed
  • Introduced
  • Invented
  • Investigated
  • Inventoried
  • Involved
  • Joined
  • Kept
  • Launched
  • Learned
  • Located
  • Logged
  • Maintained
  • Managed
  • Marketed
  • Maximized
  • Measured
  • Mediated
  • Merged
  • Minimized
  • Mobilized
  • Moderated
  • Modified
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Navigated
  • Negotiated
  • Netted
  • Observed
  • Obtained
  • Operated
  • Ordered
  • Orchestrated
  • Organized
  • Originated
  • Outlined
  • Overcame
  • Oversaw
  • Performed
  • Persuaded
  • Pioneered
  • Placed
  • Planned
  • Predicted
  • Prepared
  • Presented
  • Presided
  • Prevented
  • Processed
  • Produced
  • Projected
  • Promoted
  • Proofread
  • Proposed
  • Protected
  • Proved
  • Provided
  • Publicized
  • Published
  • Purchased
  • Qualified
  • Questioned
  • Rated
  • Reasoned
  • Received
  • Recommended
  • Reconciled
  • Recorded
  • Recruited
  • Reduced
  • Referred
  • Regulated
  • Remodeled
  • Rendered
  • Reorganized
  • Researched
  • Resolved
  • Restructured
  • Retrieved
  • Revised
  • Revitalized
  • Saved
  • Scheduled
  • Secured
  • Selected
  • Shared
  • Simplified
  • Simulated
  • Sorted
  • Spearheaded
  • Stabalized
  • Staffed
  • Standardized
  • Started
  • Stimulated
  • Stored
  • Streamlined
  • Summarized
  • Supervised
  • Supplied
  • Surpassed
  • Tabulated
  • Targeted
  • Taught
  • Terminated
  • Tested
  • Tightened
  • Totaled
  • Tracked
  • Traded
  • Trained
  • Uncovered
  • Undertook
  • United
  • Updated
  • Upgraded
  • Utilized
  • Validated
  • Verified
  • Vitalized
  • Volunteered
  • Weighed
  • Wrote

    Use these resume power verbs and phrases to add POWER to your resume and cover letter. Get noticed. Get the job.

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