#3: 100 Action Verbs to boost your CV

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To help you put into action last week’s tips on how to showcase your previous internships and jobs as accomplishments, we have consolidated a list for you containing 100 action verbs to include in your bullet points when explaining your experience. Check out the list below, and get ready to make your CV stand out!

1.) Research – did your job include research, analysis, or fact-searching? Start your bullet points with some of those verbs:

  1. Analysed
  2. Assessed
  3. Audited
  4. Calculated
  5. Diagnosed
  6. Discovered
  7. Evaluated
  8. Examined
  9. Explored
  10. Forecasted
  11. Identified
  12. Interpreted
  13. Investigated
  14. Mapped
  15. Measured
  16. Qualified
  17. Quantified
  18. Tested
  19. Tracked

2.) Projects – you developed, created, or introduced a project? Great! Start with those:

  1. Administered
  2. Built
  3. Created
  4. Designed
  5. Devised
  6. Developed
  7. Engineered
  8. Established
  9. Founded
  10. Formalized
  11. Formed
  12. Formulated
  13. Implemented
  14. Incorporated
  15. Initiated
  16. Instituted
  17. Introduced
  18. Launched
  19. Pioneered

3.) Leadership – you were a student representative or did set up a charity? Even better! Skip “led” and instead try:

  1. Chaired
  2. Controlled
  3. Coordinated
  4. Cultivated
  5. Directed
  6. Executed
  7. Headed
  8. Operated
  9. Orchestrated
  10. Organized
  11. Oversaw
  12. Planned
  13. Produced

4.) Efficiency – did you enhance processes or streamline tasks? If so, consider:

  1. Accelerated
  2. Achieved
  3. Advanced
  4. Amplified
  5. Capitalized
  6. Consolidated
  7. Decreased
  8. Delivered
  9. Enhanced
  10. Expanded
  11. Furthered
  12. Gained
  13. Generated
  14. Improved
  15. Maximised
  16. Reduced

5.) Change – you introduced different ways of doing things? Talk about the amazing changes you made with these words:

  1. Centralised
  2. Clarified
  3. Converted
  4. Customised
  5. Integrated
  6. Merged
  7. Modified
  8. Redesigned
  9. Refined
  10. Refocused
  11. Remodeled
  12. Reorganised
  13. Replaced
  14. Restructured
  15. Simplified
  16. Standardized
  17. Streamlined
  18. Strengthened
  19. Updated
  20. Upgraded

6.) Achievements – did you hit your goals or win an award? Don’t forget to include that with words like:

  1. Attained
  2. Awarded
  3. Completed
  4. Demonstrated
  5. Earned
  6. Exceeded
  7. Outperformed
  8. Reached
  9. Showcased
  10. Succeeded
  11. Surpassed
  12. Targeted
  13. Won

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