Descriptive Action Verbs for Resumes
Consider the following action verbs you can use to describe your skills in a work setting. The verbs have been categorized under specific skill areas for your convenience. Remember to back up your experience with statistics, quantities, or concrete examples whenever possible. Giving concrete details makes your experience sound even stronger.
Communication & Instructional Skills (The ability to speak and write clearly; to listen and answer questions with perception; to be open-minded and accepting of differing opinions; to convey and express ideas effectively.)
Management & Leadership Skills (The ability to make decisions; to coordinate groups of people; to motivate and supervise others; to handle a variety of tasks and responsibilities simultaneously; to negotiate, review, and evaluate.)
Creative Skills (The ability to be expressive and imaginative; to deal artistically with color; to design and devise new ways of doing or making things; to be innovative.)
Organizational Skills (The ability to be systematic and efficient; to schedule and coordinate events; to arrange tasks and time frames; to provide excellent follow-up in planning.)
Helping Skills (The ability to show sensitivity to another’s feelings; to offer support; to advise or provide guidance; to help others make decisions; to give insight.)
Analytical Skills (The ability to research and gather pertinent information; to diagnose and solve a problem; to retrace problems to their source; to clarify problems and situations; to provide constructive criticism.)
Selling Skills (The ability to influence and persuade other people; to promote certain things or ideas; to convince; to make something acceptable; to transfer goods in exchange for money.)
Updated by AW 9/5/06; please notify Career Development Center if you experience any technical problems.
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