Are you writing a CV or completing an application form? Are you tired of using the same old language that repeats throughout, will bore employers and won’t sell your skills? Read on for inspiration on how to make your experiences stand out from the page.

Action words to show what you have done…

Communication…
Addressed
Advised
Argued
Briefed
Chaired
Coached
Commanded
Communicated
Consulted
Contacted
Converted
Convinced
Co-operated
Co-ordinated
Corresponded
Counselled
Debated
Directed
Encouraged
Explained
Guided
Handled
Helped
Influenced
Instructed
Interviewed
Introduced
Lectured
Led
Liaised
Mediated
Met
Named
Negotiated
Nominated
Persuaded
Presented
Promoted
Recognised
Recommended
Reconciled
Referred
Related
Renegotiated
Reported
Responded
Reviewed
Showed
Sold
Specified
Spoke
Stated
Suggested
Summarised
Trained
Translated
Tutored
Umpired
Validated
Verified
Welcomed

Making changes…
Accelerated
Added
Adjusted
Balanced
Changed
Combined
Corrected
Decreased
Diminished
Doubled
Dropped
Edited
Eliminated
Enhanced
Enlarged
Expanded
Followed Up
Heightened
Improved
Improvised
Increased
Induced
Innovated
Integrated
Intensified
Maximised
Moderated
Modified
Moulded
Moved
Perfected
Reduced
Re-evaluated
Rehabilitated
Renovated
Reorganised
Revamped
Revised
Simplified
Smoothed
Stimulated
Straightened
Streamlined
Stripped
Tightened
Transferred
Transformed
Trebled
Updated

Achievements…
Accomplished
Achieved
Attained
Authored
Built
Caused
Compiled
Completed
Demonstrated
Effected
Organised
Produced
Proved
Realised
Resolved
Satisfied
Shipped
Solved
Succeeded
Won
 

Start…
Arranged
Assembled
Began
Co-founded
Conceived
Constructed
Created
Developed
Devised
Drafted
Drew Up
Established
Formed
Formulated
Fostered
Founded
Generated
Initiated
Inspired
Instituted
Invented
Launched
Made
Originated
Piloted
Pioneered
Planned
Prepared
Raised
Set Up
Shaped
Started
Undertook

Maintain…
Assured
Conditioned
Consolidated
Continued
Ensured
Galvanised
Insured
Kept
Maintained
Monitored
Policed
Prevailed
Ran
Regulated
Reinforced
Secured
Serviced
Supported

Get…
Acquired
Awarded
Chose
Collected
Earned
Extracted
Gained
Hired
Included
Obtained
Procured
Purchased
Received
Recruited
Rescued
Saved
Selected
Took

Find/search…
Checked
Discovered
Examined
Explored
Found
Hunted
Inspected
Investigated
Located
Looked
Perceived
Pinpointed
Researched
Scouted
Scrutinised
Sifted
Sought
Studied
Surveyed
Unearthed

Describe…
Catalogued
Clarified
Classified
Composed
Defined
Described
Designated
Designed
Detailed
Formalised
Highlighted
Identified
Illustrated
Licensed
Mapped
Marketed
Painted
Projected
Proofed
Proposed
Recorded
Substantiated
Typed
Worked
Wrote

In charge…
Administered
Authorised
Captained
Conducted
Contracted
Controlled
Dealt
Delegated
Employed
Governed
Headed
Influenced
Managed
Mastered
Officiated
Ordered
Presided
Promoted
Represented
Spearheaded
Took Over

Numerical/Computational…
Audited
Budgeted
Calculated
Computed
Correlated
Financed
Networked
Paid
Processed
Profited
Programmed
Scheduled
Systemised
Tabulated

Send/give…
Delivered
Dispatched
Displayed
Distributed
Forwarded
Placed
Publicised
Revealed
Sent
Submitted
Supplied

Decision…
Allocated
Allotted
Appraised
Appreciated
Arbitrated
Assessed
Assumed
Decided
Determined
Diagnosed
Elected
Evaluated
Interpreted
Justified
Prioritised

Positive action…
Aided
Applied
Aspired
Assimilated
Assisted
Attended
Enabled
Enacted
Enjoyed
Enlisted
Exceeded
Executed
Expedited
Experienced
Foresaw
Implemented
Incorporated
Involved
Motivated
Orientated
Participated
Performed
Played
Pleased
Prompted
Provided
Screened
Served
Structured
Surmounted
Targeted
Travelled
Unified
Used
Utilised

Other Useful Action Words…
Accompanied
Appointed
Assigned
Brought
Closed
Concluded
Exhibited
Expended
Facilitated
Familiarised
Filed
Finalised
Prohibited
Stopped
Tested
Treat

Positive description words to highlight your best attributes…
Ambitious
Able
Active
Capable
Competent
Comprehensive
Confident
Conscientious
Consistent
Dependable
Distinctive
Diverse
Economical
Effective
Efficient
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Excellent
Exceptional
Exclusive
Experienced
Fair
Harmonious
Helpful
Honest
Honourable
Humorous
Imaginative
Loyal
Notable
Permanent
Practical
Prestigious
Proficient
Punctual
Qualified
Reliable
Resourceful
Responsible
Sincere
Stringent
Substantial
Successful
Technical
Thorough
Thoughtful
Tolerant
Understanding
Useful
Versatile
Vital
Vivid
Wide
Wise

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