Action verbs form the heart of a resume's Work Experience section, with most bullet points in this section ideally kicking off with powerful action verbs. You can find lists of action verbs for use in resumes and cover letters all over the Internet; the list below provides samples of how these action verbs can be used. These verbs, from resumes for many professions, are shown in both past-tense for past jobs and present-tense for current jobs. Our Resume Builder provides top-to-bottom guidance with writing all resume sections. You can also learn how to write a resume with us, or get help with that other crucial job application document, the cover letter, by using our Cover Letter Builder. Katharine Hansen is the creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers; is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers; edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers; and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career.
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