Resume Verbs for General Skills

accomplished
Example: Accomplished goals, meeting or exceeding standards for all performance areas.

achieved
Example: Achieved production standards above company average.

advanced
Example: Advanced company’s mission for developing innovative software solutions for home and business use.

ascended
Example: Ascended quickly through the ranks, from junior account executive to division manager in less than six years.

attained
Example: Attained designation as certified widget maker.

augmented
Example: Augmented skills through self-study and annual attendance of professional conferences.

awarded
Example: Awarded “Employee of the Year” for contributions to morale and productivity.

balanced
Example: Balanced college, work, and family responsibilities while completing degree.

began
Example: Began new program that affected productivity and was subsequently implemented in other branches.

benefited
Example: Benefited from company-sponsored training.

branded
Example: Branded by management as trainee with “great potential.”

brought
Example: Brought creative new vision to position.

caught
Example: Caught on quickly, completing six-week training program in less than four weeks.

challenged
Example: Challenged with new assignment that required notable analytical and problem-solving skills.

cited
Example: Cited for exemplary performance.

collaborated
Example: Collaborated with interdepartmental team of accounting, engineering, operations, sales, and distribution.

committed
Example: Committed time, talents, and resources to community and industry associations.

communicated
Example: Communicated regularly with home office, department leaders, vendors, and customers.

completed
Example: Completed tasks within time and budget constraints.

conserved
Example: Conserved limited operating funds for startup company.

contributed
Example: Contributed to company’s mission of providing affordable staffing solutions.

cooperated
Example: Cooperated with members from all six departments to accomplish special projects.

created
Example: Created new programs and systems to meet demands.

elected
Example: Elected by peers as department representative for new task force.

exceeded
Example: Exceeded performance criteria, earning top marks on recent evaluation.

facilitated
Example: Facilitated change environment during reengineering process.

finished
Example: Finished tasks in a timely manner to meet critical deadlines.

functioned
Example: Functioned efficiently in a self-directed position.

furthered
Example: Furthered the department’s goals for customer service.

graduated
Example: Graduated with solid general management skills from prestigious training program.

improved
Example: Improved productivity ratings by 12 percent.

increased
Example: Increased billable hours by 15 percent.

initiated
Example: Initiated systems that eliminated variances in inventory data.

led
Example: Led team that designed operationally sound infrastructure to support aggressive growth phase.

mastered
Example: Mastered new concepts quickly, qualifying for promotion to next level six weeks ahead of schedule.

named
Example: Named “Employee of the Year,” an honor voted on by both management and employees.

nominated
Example: Nominated “Teacher of the Year,” one of five in a district with 200 teachers.

offered
Example: Offered assistance on special projects.

optimized
Example: Optimized use of time and resources.

organized
Example: Organized work to meet project benchmarks.

overhauled
Example: Overhauled position, transforming it from a process-only function to information-based service with significant customer interaction.

participated
Example: Participated on multidisciplinary task force that planned new technology upgrade.

partnered
Example: Partnered with customers, helping them attain their goals for retail sales.

performed
Example: Performed the following management-support functions: represented chief executive before various employee groups, task forces, and community organizations; orchestrated internal administrative affairs; supervised nine-member office staff; and coordinated executive’s site visitation for 70 district locations.

processed
Example: Processed sales orders for international customers.

progressed
Example: Progressed with company’s growth, beginning as secretary for startup operation and advancing to administrative manager for a six-branch district.

promoted
Example: Promoted through a variety of operations and customer-service positions.

proposed
Example: Proposed new vision for customer service—assembled materials that responded to issues and simultaneously promoted new products or future purchases.

read
Example: Read as many as 15 industry journals, business newspapers, and financial magazines monthly.

selected
Example: Selected for prestigious training team charged with updating skills of company’s sales force nationwide.

sent
Example: Sent to specialized training in Frankfurt, Germany.

sharpened
Example: Sharpened skills through hands-on college course work and simulation exercises.

solved
Example: Solved problem of speeding expedited shipments without increasing costs.

started
Example: Started new employee-appreciation program.

stimulated
Example: Stimulated discussion among accounting and shipping department leaders to resolve recurring problems.

streamlined
Example: Streamlined department work flow through implementation of local area network and integrated software.

strengthened
Example: Strengthened reputation of customer-service department by providing timely, accurate responses and post-sale follow-up to customers.

succeeded
Example: Succeeded in turning around operation’s tendency to miss important client deadlines.

surpassed
Example: Surpassed annual quota requirement in just nine months.

tackled
Example: Tackled projects that had been abandoned for more than a year.

thrived
Example: Thrived in fast-paced, technology-driven business environment.

upgraded
Example: Upgraded quality of marketing materials through computer-aided design skills.

volunteered
Example: Volunteered in the community as representative of company.

won
Example: Won confidence of managers, resulting in early promotion to senior administrative technician.

worked
Example: Worked in tandem with engineering team to understand the product-development cycle.