100 Great Resume Words

Use action words and active voice in your resume to help grab the reader's attention.


The words you choose for your resume can help you catch the attention of a potential employer. It is important to use action words and to write in the "active voice" instead of "passive voice."

For instance:

  • Passive voice: "Monthly financial reports were generated by me." — BAD!
  • Active voice: "I generated the monthly financial reports." — GOOD!

Here are some words you can use to make your resume more attention grabbing and dynamic:

Assist
Able
Action
Analysis
Achievement
Accomplished
Advanced
Conduct
Consult
Committed
Conducted
Contributed
Coordinated
Delegated
Develop
Deliver
Design
Defined
Diversified
Devoted
Distinguished
Encourage
Earned
Enhance
Evaluate

Examined
Facilitate
Formulate
Fulfilled
Forecasted
Generated
Gained
Gathered
Gave
Headed
Hosted
Identified
Implemented
Improved
Improvised
Influenced
Launched
Lobbied
Maintained
Managed
Marketed
Maximized
Mediated
Modernized
Motivated

Negotiated
Observed
Obtained
Operated
Organized
Originated
Overhauled
Oversaw
Participated
Performed
Pioneered
Planned
Prepared
Presented
Promoted
Provided
Published
Pursued
Quantified
Ranked
Received
Recommended
Redesigned
Reengineered
Reorganized

Represented
Restructured
Revised
Safeguarded
Secured
Selected
Specified
Spearheaded
Standardized
Strengthened
Structured
Suggested
Superseded
Supervised
Targeted
Taught
Tested
Trained
Transcended
Unified
Upgraded
Utilized
Validated
Valued
Wrote


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