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CV Power and Action Words

Find here an extensive alphabetic list of carefully selected CV Power and Action Words.

Some words of warning, however before you begin loading up on CV Power Words:

  • Don’t over use these words on your CV; when you do use them, make sure you get the maximum impact from them. Our list is intended as a guideline, so maybe pick a few action words that you like the sound of and try to incorporate them into your CV. Scanning through this list of Power Words may also jog your memory if you’ve forgotten any of your achievements.
  • Don’t use any words which you don’t understand the meaning of, or which you wouldn’t be comfortable using in day-to-day speech.
  • Be careful to avoid repetition!
  • Be concise to ensure that you don’t lose the impact of what you trying to say.
  • Choose your Power Words carefully so that they’re relevant to the job for which you’re are applying.

 

A

Abolished

Accelerated

Accomplished

Achieved

Acquired

Acted

Activated

Adapted

Addressed

Adjusted

Administered

Advanced

Advertised

Advised

Advocated

Analysed

Anticipated

Applied

Appointed

Appraised

Arbitrated

Ascertained

Aspired

Assembled

Assessed

Assisted

Assumed

Attained

Audited

Authored

Authorised

Automated

Averted

Avoided

 

B

Boosted

Briefed

Broadened

Budgeted

Built

 

C

Centralised

Chaired

Challenged

Championed

Charted

Coached

Collaborated

Combined

Communicated

Compared

Compiled

Completed

Composed

Conceived

Conceptualised

Conducted

Considered

Consolidated

Constructed

Consulted

Contracted

Contributed

Controlled

Converted

Convinced

Cooperated

Coordinated

Corrected

Correlated

Cost-effectively

Counselled

Created

Cultivated

Customised

 

D

Decided

Decreased

Defined

Delegated

Delivered

Determined

Developed

Devised

Diagnosed

Directed

Displayed

Diverted

Documented

Doubled

Drafted

Drove

 

E

Earned

Edited

Educated

Effected

Effectively

Efficiently

Elected

Eliminated

Employed

Enabled

Enacted

Encouraged

Enforced

Engineered

Enhanced

Enlarged

Enlisted

Ensured

Established

Estimated

Evaluated

Examined

Exceeded

Executed

Exhibited

Expanded

Expedited

Experienced

Explained

Explored

Extended

 

F

Facilitated

Familiarised

Finalised

Financed

Fixed

Focused

Forecasted

Forged

Formalised

Formed

Formulated

Fostered

Founded

 

G

Gained

Gathered

Generated

Governed

Graduated

Guided

 

H

Halted

Handled

Headed

Helped

Hired

Honed

Honoured

Hosted

 

I

Identified

Illustrated

Impacted

Implemented

Improved

Improvised

Incorporated

Increased

Influenced

Informed

Initiated

Innovated

Inspected

Inspired

Installed

Instigated

Instilled

Instructed

Integrated

Intensified

Interacted

Interpreted

Intervened

Interviewed

Introduced

Invented

Involved

 

K

Kept

 

L

Launched

Lead

Led

Leveraged

Liaised

Listened

Located

 

M

Maintained

Managed

Manipulated

Manufactured

Mastered

Masterminded

Maximised

Measured

Mediated

Mentored

Merged

Minimised

Modernised

Modified

Monitored

Motivated

 

N

Navigated

Negotiated

Nominated

Normalised

 

O

Observed

Obtained

Opened

Operated

Orchestrated

Organised

Outlined

Out-manoeuvred

Outsourced

Overcame

Overhauled

Oversaw

 

P

Participated

Perfected

Performed

Persuaded

Piloted

Pinpointed

Pioneered

Planned

Played (a key role)

Positioned

Predicted

Prepared

Prescribed

Presented

Presided

Prevented

Prioritised

Processed

Procured

Produced

Programmed

Progressed

Projected

Project-managed

Prompted

Proposed

Proved

Provided

Publicised

Published

 

Q

Quadrupled

Qualified

Quantified

Questioned

 

R

Raised

Ran

Reached

Realigned

Realised

Received

Recognised

Recommended

Reconciled

Recorded

Recruited

Rectified

Redesigned

Reduced

Referred

Regained

Registered

Regulated

Reinforced

Related

Remodelled

Remoulded

Removed

Replaced

Reported

Repositioned

Represented

Researched

Reshaped

Resolved

Responded

Restored

Restructured

Resulted

Retrieved

Revamped

Reversed

Reviewed

Revised

Revitalised

 

S

Saved

Scheduled

Screened

Searched

Secured

Selected

Served

Serviced

Setup

Shaped

Shared

Simplified

Simulated

Sketched

Sold

Solved

Sorted

Spearheaded

Specialised

Specified

Spoke

Sponsored

Stabilised

Staffed

Standardised

Started

Stimulated

Stopped

Streamlined

Strengthened

Structured

Studied

Substituted

Succeeded

Suggested

Summarised

Supervised

Supplied

Supported

Surpassed

Systemised

 

T

Targeted

Terminated

Tested

Tightened

Tracked

Traded

Trained

Transcribed

Transferred

Transformed

Transitioned

Translated

Trimmed

Tripled

Trouble-shooted or Trouble-shot

Turned around

Tutored

 

U

Uncovered

Understood

Undertook

Unified

United

Updated

Upgraded

Used

Utilised

 

V

Validated

Verified

Volunteered

 

W

Weighed

Widened

Won

Worked

Wrote

 

Y

Yielded

 

Let us know when you miss here any power and actions words that would have a great impact whe you use them in your CV.

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One Response to “CV Power and Action Words”

  1. floyd1cohen says:

    I am impressed with your vocabulary skills.It helped me a lot to prepare a perfect CV.Words are really simple yet meaningful.Thanks a lot for your words.

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