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25 Action Words to Include on Your Resume

25 Action Words to Include on Your Resume Credit: Action sign image via Shutterstock

While work experience and education are all important parts of a resume, so too is the way in which it is written.

Experts agree that the actual words jobseekers use when writing their resume could be the difference between in catching an employer's eye and getting lost at the bottom of the pile. In addition to highlighting job skills, the University of Michigan Career Center also advises its students to use a variety of action verbs to help make their resume pop.

Among some of the verbs they recommend using include:

  • Advised
  • Compiled
  • Critiqued
  • Coached
  • Designed
  • Directed
  • Established
  • Examined
  • Generated
  • Guided
  • Hypothesized
  • Illustrated
  • Improved
  • Influenced
  • Invented
  • Motivated
  • Negotiated
  • Ordered
  • Oversaw
  • Prepared
  • Recruited
  • Resolved
  • Supervised
  • Trained
  • Upgraded

Among the words employers encourage job candidates to leave off their resume are try, love, seasoned, experienced, creative and innovative.

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Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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