Here is a list of action words that can help you set your resume and cover letter apart from your competition. Use these where appropriate to help inspire you to create a resume that doesn’t sound like everyone else’s!

  1. Accelerated
  2. Accomplished
  3. Accounted for
  4. Accumulated
  5. Achieved
  6. Acquired
  7. Acted
  8. Activated
  9. Active in
  10. Adapted
  11. Addressed
  12. Adjusted
  13. Administered
  14. Advanced
  15. Advertised
  16. Advised
  17. Advocated
  18. Affected
  19. Aided
  20. Alerted
  21. Allocated
  22. Amplified
  23. Analyzed
  24. Answered
  25. Anticipated
  26. Applied
  27. Appointed
  28. Appraised
  29. Approved
  30. Arbitrated
  31. Arranged
  32. Arraigned
  33. Arrested
  34. Articulated
  35. Ascertained
  36. Aspired
  37. Assembled
  38. Assessed
  39. Assigned
  40. Assisted
  41. Assumed responsibility
  42. Assured
  43. Attained
  44. Attracted
  45. Audited
  46. Authored
  47. Automated
  48. Awarded
  49. Balanced
  50. Billed
  51. Blazed
  52. Boosted
  53. Bought
  54. Briefed
  55. Broadened
  56. Budgeted
  57. Built
  58. Calculated
  59. Campaigned
  60. Captured
  61. Carried out
  62. Cataloged
  63. Caused
  64. Centralized
  65. Chaired
  66. Championed
  67. Changed
  68. Channeled
  69. Charted
  70. Checked
  71. Clarified
  72. Classified
  73. Closed
  74. Coached
  75. Co-directed
  76. Collaborated
  77. Collected
  78. Co-managed
  79. Combined
  80. Commanded
  81. Commended
  82. Commented
  83. Communicated
  84. Compared
  85. Compiled
  86. Completed
  87. Composed
  88. Computed
  89. Conceived
  90. Conceptualized
  91. Condensed
  92. Conducted
  93. Conferred
  94. Conserved
  95. Considered
  96. Consolidated
  97. Constructed
  98. Consulted
  99. Contacted
  100. Contained
  101. Contracted
  102. Contributed
  103. Controlled
  104. Converted
  105. Coordinated
  106. Corrected
  107. Correlated
  108. Corresponded
  109. Corroborated
  110. Costed
  111. Counseled
  112. Counted
  113. Created
  114. Critiqued
  115. Crowned
  116. Cultivated
  117. Cured
  118. Customized
  119. Cut
  120. Dealt with
  121. Decided
  122. Decreased
  123. Defined
  124. Delegated
  125. Delivered
  126. Demonstrated
  127. Described
  128. Designated
  129. Designed
  130. Detected
  131. Determined
  132. Developed
  133. Devised
  134. Diagnosed
  135. Directed
  136. Discovered
  137. Dispatched
  138. Dispensed
  139. Displayed
  140. Dissected
  141. Distinguished
  142. Distributed
  143. Documented
  144. Doubled
  145. Drafted
  146. Drove
  147. Earned
  148. Economized
  149. Edited
  150. Educated
  151. Effected
  152. Eliminated
  153. Emphasized
  154. Employed
  155. Empowered
  156. Enabled
  157. Enacted
  158. Encouraged
  159. Ended
  160. Endorsed
  161. Energized
  162. Enforced
  163. Engaged
  164. Engineered
  165. Enhanced
  166. Enlarged
  167. Enlisted
  168. Ensured
  169. Entertained
  170. Established
  171. Estimated
  172. Evaluated
  173. Examined
  174. Exceeded
  175. Executed
  176. Expanded
  177. Expedited
  178. Experienced
  179. Experimented
  180. Explained
  181. Explored
  182. Expressed
  183. Extended
  184. Extracted
  185. Fabricated
  186. Facilitated
  187. Familiarized
  188. Fashioned
  189. Filed
  190. Filled
  191. Finalized
  192. Financed
  193. Fine-tuned
  194. Fixed
  195. Focused
  196. Forecast
  197. Forecasted
  198. Formed
  199. Formulated
  200. Fostered
  201. Found
  202. Founded
  203. Fulfilled
  204. Functioned as
  205. Furnished
  206. Gained
  207. Gathered
  208. Generated
  209. Graded
  210. Graduated
  211. Granted
  212. Grew
  213. Guided
  214. Halved
  215. Handled
  216. Harmonized
  217. Harnessed
  218. Headed
  219. Helped
  220. Hired
  221. Hypothesized
  222. Identified
  223. Illustrated
  224. Imagined
  225. Implemented
  226. Impressed
  227. Improved
  228. Improvised
  229. Incorporated
  230. Increased
  231. Indexed
  232. Indoctrinated
  233. Influenced
  234. Informed
  235. Initiated
  236. Innovated
  237. Inspected
  238. Inspired
  239. Installed
  240. Instigated
  241. Instituted
  242. Instructed
  243. Insured
  244. Integrated
  245. Interpreted
  246. Interviewed
  247. Introduced
  248. Invented
  249. Inventoried
  250. Invested
  251. Investigated
  252. Involved
  253. Issued
  254. Joined
  255. Judged
  256. Justified
  257. Kept
  258. Launched
  259. Lead
  260. Learned
  261. Leased
  262. Lectured
  263. Led
  264. Liaised
  265. Licensed
  266. Listed
  267. Located
  268. Logged
  269. Machined
  270. Made
  271. Magnified
  272. Maintained
  273. Managed
  274. Marketed
  275. Mastered
  276. Matched
  277. Maximized
  278. Measured
  279. Mediated
  280. Merged
  281. Met
  282. Met with
  283. Minimized
  284. Mobilized
  285. Moderated
  286. Modernized
  287. Modified
  288. Monitored
  289. Motivated
  290. Moved
  291. Named
  292. Navigated
  293. Negated
  294. Negotiated
  295. Netted
  296. Observed
  297. Obtained
  298. Opened
  299. Operated
  300. Optimized
  301. Orchestrated
  302. Ordered
  303. Organized
  304. Originated
  305. Outlined
  306. Overhauled
  307. Oversaw
  308. Participated
  309. Perceived
  310. Performed
  311. Persuaded
  312. Photographed
  313. Piloted
  314. Pinpointed
  315. Pioneered
  316. Placed
  317. Played
  318. Planned
  319. Predicted
  320. Prepared
  321. Presented
  322. Presided
  323. Prevented
  324. Printed
  325. Prioritized
  326. Processed
  327. Procured
  328. Produced
  329. Programmed
  330. Prohibited
  331. Projected
  332. Promoted
  333. Proofread
  334. Proposed
  335. Protected
  336. Proved
  337. Provided
  338. Publicized
  339. Published
  340. Purchased
  341. Pursued
  342. Qualified
  343. Queried
  344. Questioned
  345. Raised
  346. Ran
  347. Ranked
  348. Rated
  349. Reached
  350. Realigned
  351. Realized
  352. Reasoned
  353. Received
  354. Recognized
  355. Recommended
  356. Reconciled
  357. Recorded
  358. Recruited
  359. Redesigned
  360. Reduced
  361. Referred
  362. Registered
  363. Regulated
  364. Rehabilitated
  365. Reinforced
  366. Related
  367. Remodeled
  368. Rendered
  369. Reorganized
  370. Repaired
  371. Replaced
  372. Replied
  373. Reported
  374. Represented
  375. Reputed
  376. Researched
  377. Resolved
  378. Responded
  379. Restored
  380. Restructured
  381. Retrieved
  382. Revamped
  383. Reversed
  384. Reviewed
  385. Revised
  386. Revitalized
  387. Routed
  388. Saved
  389. Scheduled
  390. Screened
  391. Searched
  392. Secured
  393. Selected
  394. Separated
  395. Served
  396. Serviced
  397. Set or set up
  398. Shaped
  399. Shared
  400. Showed
  401. Simplified
  402. Simulated
  403. Sketched
  404. Slashed
  405. Sold
  406. Solidified
  407. Solved
  408. Sorted
  409. Sought
  410. Sparked
  411. Spearheaded
  412. Specialized
  413. Specified
  414. Spoke
  415. Sponsored
  416. Staffed
  417. Standardized
  418. Started
  419. Steered
  420. Stimulated
  421. Stored
  422. Streamlined
  423. Strengthened
  424. Stressed
  425. Stretched
  426. Structured
  427. Studied
  428. Submitted
  429. Substituted
  430. Succeeded
  431. Suggested
  432. Summarized
  433. Superseded
  434. Supervised
  435. Supplemented
  436. Supplied
  437. Supported
  438. Surpassed
  439. Surveyed
  440. Synchronized
  441. Synergized
  442. Systematized
  443. Tabulated
  444. Tackled
  445. Targeted
  446. Taught
  447. Terminated
  448. Tested
  449. Tightened
  450. Took or took over
  451. Totaled
  452. Toured
  453. Traced
  454. Tracked
  455. Traded
  456. Trained
  457. Transcribed
  458. Transferred
  459. Transformed
  460. Translated
  461. Transmitted
  462. Transported
  463. Traveled
  464. Treated
  465. Triggered
  466. Trimmed
  467. Tripled
  468. Triumphed
  469. Troubleshot
  470. Turned
  471. Tutored
  472. Typed
  473. Umpired
  474. Uncovered
  475. Understood
  476. Understudied
  477. Undertook
  478. Underwent
  479. Underwrote
  480. Unearthed
  481. Unified
  482. United
  483. Unraveled
  484. Updated
  485. Upgraded
  486. Urged
  487. Used
  488. Utilized
  489. Validated
  490. Valued
  491. Verbalized
  492. Verified
  493. Visited
  494. Vitalized
  495. Volunteered
  496. Waged
  497. Weighed
  498. Widened
  499. Won
  500. Worked