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100 Verbs for Your CV, Resume, or Cover Letter

Using Strong Verbs to Use in Application Documents

Are you feeling frustrated by choosing words for your resume, CV, or cover letter? One of the most important elements of a strong application is the verbs you use to describe your experiences and achievements in prior job positions, academic courses, and extra-curricular activities.

Verbs often lead bulleted items, and leading verbs are also called “power verbs.” Using strong verbs and varying them in your lists (i.e., not using the same verb multiple times in the same section) can portray your skills and abilities more effectively than using everyday terms.

For instance, instead of writing “Met with 100 clients per day,” you might consider writing “Consulted with 100 clients daily.” Using more powerful verbs conveys professionalism and ambition–after all, a CV, resume, or cover letter is all about selling yourself as the ideal candidate for a position.

When writing your application document, consider using these 100 useful words to create maximum impact with your future employer or university hiring committee.

Assert
Assist
Action
Analyze
Achieve
Accomplish
Advance
Conduct
Consult
Commit
Conduct
Contribute
Coordinate
Develop
Deliver
Design
Define
Diversify
Devote
Distinguish
Encourage
Earn
Enhance
Evaluate
Examine
Extend
Facilitate
Formulate
Fulfill
Forecast
Generate
Gain
Gather
Give
Head
Host
Identify
Implement
Improve
Improvise
Influence
Launch
Lobby
Maintain
Manage
Market
Maximize
Mediate
Modernize
Motivate
Negotiate
Observe
Obtain
Operate
Organize
Originate
Oversee
Participate
Perform
Pioneer
Plan
Prepare
Present
Promote
Provide
Publish
Pursue
Quantify
Rank
Receive
Recommend
Redesign
Reengineer
Reorganize
Represent
Restructure
Revise
Safeguard
Secure
Select
Specify
Spearhead
Standardize
Strengthen
Structure
Suggest
Supersede
Supervise
Target
Teach
Test
Train
Transform
Transcend
Unify
Upgrade
Utilize
Validate
Value
Write

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