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Action Verbs to Start Your Bullets

Sitting down to describing your skill sets, the tasks you've performed, and the results you've delivered can often trigger a case of writer's block. This list of action verbs can help us recall past experiences and jump start the process of describing them.

People-related skills Training and coaching skills Technical skills
Communication and marketing skills Management/Leadership skills Organizational skills
Planning, research, and idea-related skills Data or financial skills Helping or customer/client service skills


People-related skills


Collaborated Conferred Consulted
Contacted Defined Developed
Directed Elicited Enlisted
Furnished Interacted Involved
Joined Judged Mediated
Moderated Negotiated Observed
Participated Promoted Recruited
Referred Reinforced Resolved
Solicited Specified  Top



Training and coaching skills

Accelerated Adapted Advised
Clarified Coached Communicated
Conducted Coordinated Critiqued
Developed Enabled Encouraged
Evaluated Explained Facilitated
Focused Guided Individualized
Informed Instilled Instructed
Motivated Persuaded Simulated
Stimulated Taught Tested
Trained Transmitted Tutored



Technical skills

Adapted Applied Assembled
Built Calculated Computed
Conserved Constructed Converted
Debugged Designed Developed
Engineered Fabricated Fortified
Installed Maintained Operated
Overhauled Printed Programmed
Regulated Remodeled Repaired
Replaced Restored Solved
Standardized Upgraded Utilized



Communication and marketing skills

Addressed Advertised Answered
Articulated Authored Briefed
Clarified Communicated Composed
Conveyed Convinced Corresponded
Created Debated Discussed
Displayed Drafted Designed
Edited Explained Expressed
Formulated Illustrated Influenced
Interpreted Interviewed Lectured
Listened Marketed Outlined
Persuaded Photographed Presented
Proposed Publicized Recommended
Reported Responded Spoke
Suggested Summarized Translated
Wrote    Top



Management/Leadership skills

Accelerated Administered Analyzed
Appointed Approved Assigned
Authorized Awarded Chaired
Consolidated Contracted Controlled
Coordinated Decided Delegated
Developed Directed Eliminated
Enforced Enhanced Established
Executed Generated Handled
Headed Hired Hosted
Improved Incorporated Increased
Initiated Inspected Instituted
Led Managed Merged
Motivated Navigated Organized
Originated Overhauled Oversaw
Planned Presided Prioritized
Produced Recommended Reorganized
Replaced Restored Reviewed
Scheduled Secured Selected
Streamlined Strengthened Supervised
Terminated    Top



Organizational skills

Approved Arranged Cataloged
Charted Classified Coded
Collected Compiled Corrected
Corresponded Distributed Executed
Filed Generated Incorporated
Inspected Logged Maintained
Monitored Obtained Operated
Ordered Organized Prepared
Processed Provided Purchased
Recorded Registered Reserved
Responded Reviewed Routed
Scheduled Screened Submitted
Supplied Standardized Systematized
Updated Validated Verified



Planning, research, and idea-related skills

Accelerated Adapted Analyzed
Anticipated Arranged Began
Clarified Collected Combined
Compared Composed Conceptualized
Concluded Condensed Conducted
Critiqued Customized Designed
Detected Determined Developed
Diagnosed Directed Established
Evaluated Examined Experimented
Explored Extracted Fashioned
Formulated Founded Gathered
Incorporated Initiated Inspected
Instituted Integrated Interviewed
Introduced Invented Investigated
Located Measured Modeled
Modified Organized Originated
Performed Planned Researched
Reviewed Revised Revitalized
Searched Shaped Solved
Summarized Surveyed Synthesized
Systematized Tested  Top



Data or financial skills

Administered Adjusted Allocated
Analyzed Appraised Assessed
Audited Balanced Budgeted
Calculated Computed Conserved
Corrected Determined Developed
Estimated Forecasted Managed
Measured Monitored Netted
Planned Prepared Programmed
Projected Qualified Reconciled
Reduced Researched Retrieved



Helping or customer/client service skills

Accelerated Advocated Aided
Answered Assessed Assisted
Clarified Coached Collaborated
Contributed Cooperated Counseled
Demonstrated Diagnosed Educated
Encouraged Ensured Expedited
Facilitated Familiarized Guided
Helped Intervened Prevented
Provided Referred Rehabilitated
Represented Resolved Supported