Begin resume statements with verbs, rather than the first person “I.” For example, write “Installed drivers, devices, and software on the 15 PC workstations of the University’s Peter Mills Electronic Classroom,” instead of “I installed drivers, devices, and software …”

Consult the list of verbs below to find those suitable to describe your work experience.

MANAGEMENT SKILLS

administered
analyzed
assigned
attained
chaired
contracted
consolidated
coordinated
delegated
developed
directed
evaluate
executed
improved
increased
organized
oversaw
planned
prioritized
produced
recommended
reviewed
scheduled
strengthened
supervised

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

addressed
arbitrated
arranged
authored
corresponded
developed
directed
drafted
edited
enlisted
formulated
influenced
interpreted
lectured
mediated
moderated
motivated
negotiated
persuaded
promoted
publicized
reconciled
recruited
spoke
translated
wrote

RESEARCH SKILLS

clarified
collected
critiqued
diagnosed
evaluated
examined
extracted
identified
inspected
interpreted
interviewed
investigated
organized
reviewed
summarized
surveyed
systematized

TECHNICAL SKILLS

assembled
built
calculated
computed
designed
devised
engineered
fabricated
maintained
operated
overhauled
programmed
remodeled
repaired
solved
trained
upgraded

TEACHING SKILLS

adapted
advised
clarified
coached
communicated
coordinated
developed
enabled
encouraged
evaluated
explained
facilitated
guided
informed
initiated
instructed
persuaded
stimulated

FINANCIAL/NUMERICAL SKILLS

administered
allocated
analyzed
appraised
arranged
audited
balanced
budgeted
calculated
compiled
computed
controlled
developed
examined
forecasted
inventoried
managed
marketed
planned
programmed
projected
revised
researched
solved
tested
updated

CREATIVE SKILLS

acted
conceptualized
created
designed
developed
directed
established
fashioned
founded
illustrated
instituted
integrated
introduced
invented
originated
performed
planned
revitalized
shaped

HELPING SKILLS

assessed
assisted
clarified
coached
counseled
demonstrated
diagnosed
educated
expedited
facilitated
familiarized
guided
referred
rehabilitated
represented

DETAIL SKILLS

approved
arranged
catalogued
classified
collected
compiled
dispatched
executed
generated
implemented
inspected
monitored
operated
organized
prepared
processed
purchased
recorded
retrieved
screened
specified
systemized
tabulated
validated