Resumes need a wide variety of action words to help energize content and inspire the reader

Imagine reading a story with only one primary action: “The girl ran after the boy. The boy ran after the girl.  Everyone ran. People ran all over”.  Lack of action diversity won’t hold your attention for long. Nor will it create a lot of confidence in the author.

Your resume is no different. It needs a wide variety of action words to help keep content engaging and energizing. You want to capture, and keep, a reader’s attention with strong, measurement-driven details and a wide variety of action words.  Work to impress the reader with both content and writing ability!

At the executive-level, resume content must be strategically shaped and boldly positioned to captivate an audience and demonstrate a high level of proficiency and business success. Action words can help deliver value with punch, pizzazz, and pop!


Watch how easy it is to transform resume content with unique action words and clarified content details.


Here’s a basic statement with a fairly standard action word at the start:

Managed a team of 30 personnel, ensuring the successful delivery of projects.


Swap in another, stronger action word at the beginning and further amplify details to strengthen the statement:

Directed a team of 30 multidisciplinary personnel, enforcing performance measurements to ensure delivery of construction projects.


Raise content performance even further with yet another, bolder action word at the start of the statement and the addition of engaging, metric-driven details:

Spearheaded  30 multidisciplinary project personnel, driving engagement strategies and performance measurements into team training to successfully deliver 15 annual construction projects on schedule.

These variations demonstrates that you can write similar content multiple ways but change the focus, the impact, or the power of the message with the addition of strong action words and supporting measurements.

Infuse your executive resume with energy and excitement by starting each statement with varying action words. Looking for inspiration? Here are my  top 60 executive resume action words:

  • Accelerated
  • Achieved
  • Activated
  • Aligned
  • Architected
  • Built
  • Challenged
  • Championed
  • Collaborated
  • Conceived
  • Conceptualized
  • Created
  • Cultivated
  • Defined
  • Delivered
  • Designed
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Drove
  • Engaged
  • Engineered
  • Elevated
  • Escalated
  • Exceeded
  • Executed
  • Expanded
  • Facilitated
  • Fueled
  • Generated
  • Helmed
  • Implemented
  • Influenced
  • Initiated
  • Improved
  • Leveraged
  • Navigated
  • Orchestrated
  • Piloted
  • Pioneered
  • Positioned
  • Prioritized
  • Rallied
  • Rescued
  • Resolved
  • Reduced
  • Restored
  • Retained
  • Reversed
  • Revitalized
  • Secured
  • Simplified
  • Skyrocketed
  • Spearheaded
  • Steered
  • Streamlined
  • Strengthened
  • Surpassed
  • Transformed
  • Turned around
  • Won

Adrienne ResizedLooking for executive resume support?  As an award-winning, master-level resume writer, I partner with top professionals and executives across North America, helping them level-up, land faster, and increase their earning power with compelling career tools.  Visit me online at www.CareerImpressions to learn more.

60 Action Words for Your Executive Resume

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