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A resume is a very important tool for your job search. This page will help you understand different types of resumes, and help you decide what to include in your resume. 

Additionally, here are some links that can help you get started with creating a resume and cover letter.

Action Verbs are the words you should use to start your resume bullets. They help describe your skills to a potential employer.

One of the best places to find these words is in the job description, using the same words the employer uses in the job description helps ensure you are highlighting the correct skills for that position.

You should avoid repeating these words as you talk about the various experiences on your resume.

Below are several examples of Action Verbs broken down into skill area headings.

Analyzed/Researched:

  • Assessed
  • Calculated
  • Clarified
  • Compared
  • Computed
  • Concluded
  • Critiqued
  • Deduced
  • Detected
  • Determined
  • Discovered
  • Evaluated
  • Examined
  • Identified
  • Inferred
  • Interviewed
  • Investigated
  • Maintained
  • Monitored
  • Observed
  • Reviewed
  • Tabulated

Assisted/Communicated:

  • Advised
  • Collaborated
  • Consulted
  • Contributed
  • Cooperated
  • Corresponded
  • Facilitated
  • Interpreted
  • Participated
  • Translated

Created/Developed:

  • Acted
  • Adapted
  • Authored
  • Built
  • Clarified
  • Composed
  • Conceived
  • Constructed
  • Corrected
  • Designed
  • Devised
  • Drafted
  • Established
  • Executed
  • Expanded
  • Fabricated
  • Formulated
  • Generated
  • Illustrated
  • Improved
  • Initiated
  • Integrated
  • Introduced
  • Modified
  • Originated
  • Performed
  • Planned
  • Presented
  • Prioritized
  • Produced
  • Promoted
  • Proposed
  • Reduced

Improved/Increased:

  • Achieved
  • Acquired
  • Advanced
  • Assured
  • Augmented
  • Bolstered
  • Encouraged
  • Enhanced
  • Expanded
  • Motivated
  • Overcame
  • Provided
  • Renovated
  • Revised
  • Strengthened
  • Upgraded

Counseling/Instructed/Learned:

  • Advised
  • Advocated
  • Aided
  • Applied
  • Assessed
  • Charged
  • Coached
  • Communicated
  • Consulted
  • Coordinated
  • Demonstrated
  • Coached
  • Enabled
  • Encouraged
  • Established
  • Explained
  • Fostered
  • Guided
  • Mentored
  • Resolved
  • Supported
  • Trained
  • Tutored

Organized:

  • Arranged
  • Assembled
  • Budgeted
  • Built
  • Clarified
  • Compiled
  • Coordinated
  • Developed
  • Engineered
  • Instituted
  • Located
  • Maintained
  • Obtained
  • Planned
  • Prepared
  • Prioritized
  • Reorganized
  • Reviewed
  • Scheduled
  • Updated

Supervised/Managed:

  • Authorized
  • Coached
  • Consulted
  • Controlled
  • Coordinated
  • Delegated
  • Directed
  • Distributed
  • Enforced
  • Evaluated
  • Expedited
  • Facilitated
  • Implemented
  • Led
  • Managed
  • Moderated
  • Monitored
  • Motivated
  • Officiated
  • Oversaw

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