385 Action Words and Verbs for Resume

Action Words and Verbs for Resume

Why and How Action Verbs and words Can Pump Up Your Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews.

 
The authors have included hundreds of the most useful resume action verbs and words as part of the practical implicit approach to employers and networking contacts. Job searchers can pump up their Resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes, interviews, and other forms of human communications that are critical to job searching.
 
 
In addition, individuals who want to enhance their personal, social, and business lives by building a powerful network can enhance their networking skills. All the Action verbs and words for resume are as follows: 

 
ABET
 
{also use in Commitment and Dedication, Learn, Motivated, and Social Intelligence}
 
advocate; approve; assist; back; back up; encourage; espouse; foment; help incite; put up to; sanction; support; urge (especially in wrongdoing)
 
Abetted by high oil prices, Exxon announced that its profits had tripled.
 
Collocates to: aided, decisions, enemies, people, progress, trends
 
• Resume bullet points: Abetted the decision to expand globally
 

 

ABIDE

{also use in Common Sense, Commitment and Dedication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Professional Demeanor and Presence, Reliability, Self-Manageable, and Work Ethic}

  • bear; continue; endure; go on being; put up with; stomach; take; tolerate
  • Abided by a set of loose restrictions, I formed and started the business on very little capital.
  • hold; remain; stay; stand fast; stand for
  • Collocates to: agreements, conditions, laws, norms, rules; resolutions, wishes

• Resume bullet points: Abided by the vision of the founder and kept the US plant open

 

ABSORB

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Cognitive Load Management,

  • Common Sense, Commitment and Detail, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and Self-Manageable}
  • acquire; assimilate; attract; consume; digest; endure; engulf; fascinate; imbibe; soak up; sustain; take in; use up
  • During the recent economic downturn, Boeing absorbed most of the price increases.
  • draw into oneself; grasp; realize; recognize; take in; understand
  • become captivated, interested, engaged or preoccupied in; fascinated Collocates to: concepts, carbon, ideas, immigrants, liquids, solar, sunlight

Resume bullet points: Absorbed myself in all new responsibilities

 

 Commitment and Dedication for Job

 

ACCEDE

{also use in Commitment and Dedication, Customer Awareness, Flexibility, Outgoing, and Social Intelligence}

  • agree; allow; approach; ascend; attain; come to; comply; conform; consent; enter upon; give assent; grant; succeed to; take over
  • The unions acceded to the pension rule changes.
  • Collocates to demands, needs, new ideas, requests

 

• Resume bullet points Acceded to subordinates significantly higher levels of authority and responsibility, thus improving morale and productivity

 

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Cognitive Load Management, Commitment and Dedication, Communication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

  • accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify
  • make more noticeable; play up; stress something
  • (1), (2) The recession accentuated the negative feelings many stockholders had about wasteful spending.
  • Collocates to: differences, opportunities, positives, shapes

 

• Resume bullet points: Accentuated company’s strategic objectives in the design and writing of annual report, which won an award from the PR Association

 

ACCEPT

{also use in Cross-Cultural Competency, Reliability, Take Direction, and Team Player}

  • admit; agree; believe; consent; say you will
  • receive with gladness and approval
  • take something being offered
  • bow to; endure; put up with; resign yourself to; tolerate

Resume bullet points: Accepted into the industry’s certification committee in only my seventh year in the business, which impacted the field

 

Action Words

ACCOMPLISH

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accuracy and Precision, Attention to Detail, Drive, Passion and Tenacity, Leadership, Motivated, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Work Ethic}

achieve; attain; bring about; carry out; cause to happen; complete; do; gain; get done; finish; fulfill; make happen; make possible; produce; pull off; reach; realize; undertake

Collocates to: goals, job, mission, objectives strategy, tactics, task, work

 

• Resume bullet points: Accomplished all major objectives of firm’s highly touted HR program, “The Extra Mile”

 

Accomplished all new project objectives of a major plant relocation, coming in 10 percent under budget, two months ahead of schedule, and without any loss of productivity

 

ACCREDIT

{also use in Attention to Detail, Customer Awareness, Reliability, and HARD SKILLS: Administration and Organizational}

  • approve; attribute; authorize; credit to; endorse; recognize; sanction
  • certify; supply with credentials or authority
  • Collocates to: councils, hospitals, institutions, investors, programs, schools, training

 

• Resume bullet points: Accredited by the Promotion Marketing Association in 2012

 

ACKNOWLEDGE

{also use in Honesty, Integrity, Learn, Outgoing, Professional Demeanor, and Self-Manageable}

  • admit; allow; avow; concede; confess; fess up; grant; own up; recognize
  • answer; react; reply; respond; return
  • greet; nod to; salute; wave to
  • Collocates to: existence, contribution, fact, failure issue, need, problem, reality, support

 

• Resume bullet points: Acknowledged by industry association as one of the field’s Top 50 thought leaders

 

ACQUIESCE

Social Intelligence

{also use in Attitude, Cognitive Load Management, Compassion, and Social Intelligence}

accept; agree; assent; consent; comply with passively; concur; concede; consent; give in; go along with; submit; yield

The union acquiesced, and the company switched pension plan from a defined benefit to a 401(k) plan, saving hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefit liabilities.

• Resume bullet pointsAcquiesced to consumer input and led firm’s redesign and remarketing of digital action hero toy, keeping a multimillion dollar revenue stream alive

 

ADDUCE

allege; bring forward; cite as evidence; lead to; present; put forward

Jorge adduced that the product’s failure was due to poor engineering..

 

• Resume bullet points: Adduced the main reasons for the firm’s drop in market share for the Board of Directors, providing direction for the strategic planning committee

 

ADJUDICATE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Critical Thinking and Design Mind-Set}

  • act as judge; listen; mediate; preside over argument; settle
  • The Labor Relations Board adjudicated the dismissed employee’s case.
  • Collocates to: cases, disputes, infractions, nexus, quarrels

 

• Resume bullet points: Adjudicated disputes between nonunion workers, improving worker morale and productivity

 

ADJUST

{also use in Common Sense, Cross-Cultural Competency, Engineering, Flexibility, R&D, and Work Ethic}

accommodate; alter; amend; attune; bend; change; correct; fine-tune; fix; modify; pacify; rectify; regulate; resolve; settle; tune up; tweak

Collocates to: compensate, ideas, models, standards, themes, work

 

• Resume bullet points: Adjusted all company revenues projections using the NPV model, producing a more accurate determination of actual needs and reducing the money borrowed by 20 percent

 

ADMINISTER

{also use in Reliability, Self-Manageable, HARD SKILLS: Accounting and Finance, and Administrative, Organizational, Planning and Time Management}

control; deal out; direct; dispense; furnish a benefit; give out; govern; hand out; manage; mete out; order; run; supervise; oversee a process

Surveys administered after the customer focus groups showed a high level of satisfaction.

Collocates to: contracts, exams, plans, polices, programs, projects, tests

 

• Resume bullet points:

Administered the first in-house “English as a second language” training program assisting hundreds of immigrant workers in learning English faster

 

ADOPT

ADOPT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements and Commitment and Dedication}

accept; agree to; assume; approve; choose; embrace; endorse; espouse; foster; implement; take in as one’s own; take on; take up; take on board

 

Collocates to: approaches, concepts, ideas, plans, policies, procedures, processes, regulations, resolutions, rules, standards, strategies, systems, tactics

 

AFFIRM

{also use in Attention to Detail and Accuracy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Honesty and Integrity}

  • acknowledge; affirm; announce; assert; asseverate; avow; confirm; establish; insist; pronounce; state; validate; verify
  • encourage; sustain; support; uphold
  • Collocates to: beliefs, commitments, conviction, faith, importance, rights, rulings, strategy, values

 

• Resume bullet points: Affirmed the rights of our customers to return items without receipts, thus improving customer satisfaction as reported on monthly surveys

 

AGREE

{also use in Flexibility and Polite}

accord; affirm; concur; consent; get together; grant; harmonize; jibe; match; say yes; square

• Resume bullet points: Agreed to serve as a mentor for new hires, helping speed up learning curve

 

AID

abet; alleviate; assist; benefit; facilitate; give support to; help; minister to; serve; sustain; subsidize

• Resume bullet points: Aided new hires in understanding the nuances of a highly regulated business, reducing possibility of costly errors

 

AMELIORATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Creativity, Leadership, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Self-Manageable}

correct a mistake; improve; make better; tolerate

correct a deficiency or defect; make right a wrong; take action that makes up for one’s negative or improper actions

(1), (2) The antiquated inventory system must be ameliorated. Collocates to: difficulties, problems, shortcomings 

 

Resume bullet points: Ameliorated the firm’s prior disposal procedures and gained wide acceptance by consumer groups

 

APPOINT

assign; delegate; determine; design; designate; employ; make; take on

• Resume bullet points: Appointed as first nondirector to organization’s strategic planning committee, adding diversity to decision making Appointed to liaison with global investor groups

 

APPROVE

Design Mind-Set

{also use in Design Mind-Set and Self-Manageable}

accept; agree to; attest; back up; command; commend; endorse; favor; praise; ratify; sanction; support

  • Of the five new company products approved by the FDA, four were done by project management teams that I managed.
  • allow; authorize; consent; grant; pass; sanction
  • Collocates to: budgets, deals, plans, ideas, new policies and procedures, requests

 

• Resume bullet points: Approved the requests for continuing education assistance

 

ARRANGE

{also use in Creativity and HARD SKILLS: Administrative and Organizational}

  • array; authorize; catalogue; classify; fix; order; organize; position; set up, sort
  • make plans for something to be done
  • Collocates to: alphabetically, ascending, carefully, chronologically, descending, haphazardly, hierarchically, symmetrically

• Resume bullet points: Arranged the company’s workspace to include shared offices and resources, resulting in improvements of 20 percent productivity

 

ASCRIBE

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Computational Thinking, and Honesty and Integrity}

accredit; arrogate; assert that something has been caused by someone or something; attribute something to someone

Collates to: ideas, meaning, powers, tendencies, traits, values

• Resume bullet points: Ascribed the differences in speed to completion and subsequent cost savings to prototyping

 

ASSIGN

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness, Computational Thinking, and HARD SKILLS: Administrative and Operational}

allocate; allot; choose; consign; dispense; dole out; give; hand over; pick;

select; transfer

appoint; delegate; designate; detail; name

 

Resume bullet points: Assigned to the organization’s new product development committee

 

AUTHENTICATE

AUTHENTICATE

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness}

confirm; endorse; serve to prove; substantiate; validate

Resume bullet points: Authenticated the proof of consumer claims on main product line, reducing potential costs of overpayment by $2 million

 

AUTHORIZE

accredit; commission; empower; enable; entitle; license; grant; qualify

Resume bullet points: Authorized all department purchases, totaling $13 million in 2012

 

BALANCE

{also use in Attention to Detail, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Cross-Cultural Competency}

assess; calculate; collate; compare; consider; evaluate; even out; equalize; keep upright; offset; settle; square; stabilize; stay poised; steady; tally; total; weigh; weight up

Collocates to: amendments, approach, budgets, life plan, view

 

• Resume bullet points: Balanced the organization’s budget five consecutive years, thus creating incentive for improved donations

 

BEGIN

get underway; start

actuate; arise; commence; come into being; generate; inaugurate; initiate; originate; usher in

have a first part

Collocates to: carriers, holidays plans, studies, journeys

 

Resume bullet points: Began all the sales meetings with motivational stories of individual success

 

BLUE PENCIL

censor; correct or edit writing, as if by changing or deleting; cross out

I blue penciled the business plan submitted by the consultant.

 

BUILD

{also use in Customer Awareness and Engineering and R&D}

construct; erect; put up; raise; rear

grow; improve; increase

Resume bullet points:

Built the company’s very first production prototype by employing 3D printing technology

Built new business from start-to profitability in 19 months

 

CALCULATE

Computational Thinking

{also use in Accounting and Finance, Computational Thinking, and Engineering and R&D}

account; coax; compute; consider; deem; determine something; entice; enumerate; figure; persuade

• Resume bullet points: Calculated the firm’s annual cost of technology, allowing for more accurate annual budgeting

 

CATALOG

arrange; classify; list; put together; register

Resume bullet points: Cataloged the 50-year history of customer suggestions into a searchable database of product improvement opportunities

 

CHAIR

be in charge; manage; oversee committee or function • Resume bullet points:

Chaired the firm’s investment committee that picked an investment portfolio that outperformed the DOW by 10 percent

 

CHAMPION

{also use in Commitment and Dedication, Leadership, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Self-Confidence}

advocate; back; be a winner; campaign for; crusade for; excel; fight for; stand up for; support; uphold

Collocates to: approaches, causes, freedom, ideas, issues, reforms, values

• Resume bullet points: Championed the concept for an in-house day care center

 

COALESCE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Cognitive Load Management, Commitment and Dedication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Leadership, Learn, Social Intelligence, and Team Player}

come together as one; combine; grow together; join; unite

Resume bullet points: Coalesced more than 100 diverse stakeholders into an effective, efficient company asset

 

 Verbs for Resume

COMPLETE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Commitment and Dedication, Education, Self-Manageable, and Work Ethic}

choate; complete; conclude; be done; entire; finish a task intact; integral; perfect; through; unabridged; uncut; whole; wrap up

 

• Resume bullet points: Completed all requirements for 2012 annual evaluation by the second quarter

 

CONCEIVE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Self-Manageable}

create; envisage; imagine; invent original idea; picture; visualize

begin life; dream; elaborate; form; make up

 

• Resume bullet points: Conceived the firm’s first social media strategy that extended the brand globally

 

CONSTRUE

analyze something in a certain way; explain; infer or deduce; interpret; translate

Exuding confidence and showing enthusiasm are often construed as signs of high intelligence.

 

DEFINE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Design Mind-Set}

characterize; classify; describe; determine or set down boundaries; distinguish; identify; label; term

circumscribe; delimitate; delimit; demarcate; mark out

 

• Resume bullet points: Defined the priorities for the board’s strategic planning committee

 

DELINEATE

{also use in Attention to Detail, Communication, and HARD SKILLS:

Analytical, Research, Computational}

describe accurately; determine; draw an outline; fix boundaries; identify or indicate by marking with precision; represent something

Collocates to: areas, boundaries, differences, factors, structure

 

Resume bullet points: Delineated the scope of internal audits for the division, making them more efficient and effective

 

DEPICT

{also use in Cognitive Load Management and Communications}

describe; get a picture of; give a picture of; illustrate; picture in words; portray; present a lifelike image; represent; show

Resume bullet points: Depicted the surging top competitor as a wannabe and thus lifted the sales team morale so they could redouble their efforts

 

EARMARK

EARMARK

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Commitment and Dedication, and Time Management}

  • allocate; allot; appropriate; assign; reserve for special purpose; set aside
  • mark the ears of livestock for special identification
  • set a distinctive mark on
  • Collocates to: money, processes, spending

Resume bullet points: Earmarked the department’s cost savings for individual bonuses

 

EDIT

{also use in Attention to Detail, Communication, and Take Direction}

  • alter; correct; revise and make ready
  • prepare a written work for publication by selection, arrangement, and annotation
  • make additions, deletions, or other changes

• Resume bullet points: Edited the company’s customer newsletter, which was a tool that enhanced retention and improved renewal rates

 

ELUCIDATE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Communication, Social Intelligence, Take Direction, and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

clarify; explain; make something clear; explicate; expose; expound; illuminate; lucid; reveal; throw light on it

The impact on the new pricing policy has not been fully elucidated.

 

EMPOWER

{also use in Drive, Passion, Tenacity, and Work Ethic}

allow; authorize; give authority or power to; sanction

make one stronger and more confident, especially in controlling his life and claiming his rights

(1), (2) Our shareholders came away from the annual meeting feeling more empowered.

 

Resume bullet points: Empowered my customer service staff with authority and responsibility, improving department productivity by 20 percent

 

ENDORSE

  • accept; agree; approve
  • sign on the back of a check
  • give sanction to an idea, plan, proposal, or candidate
  • Our new product was endorsed by the largest consumer protection organization in the United States.

 

• Resume bullet points: Endorsed the employee benefits committee recommendation to include substance abuse in the employee medical benefit package

 

ENFORCE

carry out; compel; execute; impose; insist; invoke

give force to; urge

bring about or impose by force; compel observance of

  • Resume bullet points: Enforced the department’s ethics policies

 

ENSURE

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness}

follow; guarantee; make certain; make sure

make safe; secure; protect

 

• Resume bullet points: Ensured all hiring managers complied with federal EEOC regulations

Ensured the accuracy and completeness of field training manuals

 

ENUMERATE

catalog; count off; itemize; list; tally

determine the number of; total

name one by one; specify

• Resume bullet points: Enumerated the benefits of expanding operations globally to the Board of Directors

 

ESPOUSE

adopt; advocate; back; champion; promote; support; take up

• Resume bullet points: Espoused zero tolerance for digital bullying

 

ESTABLISH

ESTABLISH

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Reliability, and Self-Confidence}

  • begin; create; enact; ensconce; found; install; institute; prove; set up; settle; start
  • make firm; make stable bring about; cause to happen 
  • settle in an office or position
  • cause to accept or recognize; set up permanently
  • demonstrate; prove

 

• Resume bullet points: Established the first social media center for the company, providing a unified center for social media policy

 

Established software simulation and modeling methods to assist marketing in determining that a customer’s “voice” procedure is now standard operating procedure (SOP)

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EXCEED

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements}

beat; go beyond; be more or greater than; outdo; surpass what was expected or thought possible

• Resume bullet points

Exceeded the firm’s record for retaining existing customers by 50 percent, helping to achieve record profits for the firm

 

FORGE

  • come up with something
  • move ahead steadily
  • counterfeit; copy; falsify; fake
  • build; create; fashion; form

Resume bullet points: Forged the first joint venture with the firm’s vendors and our manufacturing operations

Forged alliances with customer advocacy groups to create the industries’ best record for service for six consecutive years (2006–2012)

 

FORMULATE

articulate; contrive; create; develop; devise; draft; elaborate; express; frame; put into words or expressions; invent; make; originate; plan; prepare; verbalize; voice

• Resume bullet points:

  • Formulated a new multichannel marketing strategy that delivered a 40 percent increase in profits in the first year
  • Formulated the firm’s mission and vision statements, helping to solidify the brand

 

FULFILL

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements and Reliability}

carry out; complete an assignment; discharge; execute; exercise; implement; perform; satisfy

• Resume bullet points:

Fulfilled all requirements for industry’s top certification in shortest time by any employee

 

GATHER

GATHER

accumulate; assemble; collect; come together; garner; group; harvest

draw a conclusion

• Resume bullet points:

Gathered the daily cash register receipts, floor manger notes, and customer suggestions and created a custom activity report for store manager

 

GENERATE

begat; breed; bring into being; cause; create; develop; engender; hatch; induce; make; produce; provoke; spawn; stir; touch off

• Resume bullet points:

Generated a 30 percent increase in sales in first year of the new position

Generated $15 million annual savings by revamping and accelerating productivity growth by developing more private branding

 

GIN UP

{also use in Common Sense and Self-Confidence}

create; encourage; produce; increase

We were ginned up about the positive reviews of the new product tests.

 

GUIDE

conduct; channel; direct; funnel; point

escort; lead; pilot; route; surround; show; steer; supervise; usher • Resume bullet points:

Guided the firm’s successful winning application for the 2012 National Productivity Award

 

HANDLE

{also use in Self-Manageable, and HARD SKILLS: Administrative and Organizational}

carry out; come to grips with; conduct; control; cope with; deal with; have overall influence; hold responsible; manage; manipulate; ply; process; run; see to; sort out; supervise; undertake; wield

feel; finger; hold; manage with the hands; touch

 

• Resume bullet points:

Handled all social and civic relationships for the firm creating a win-win situation for the community and the firm

Handled all competitive SWOT analysis and strategic planning for a product line that represented $49 million, or 20 percent of total sales

 

IMPLEMENT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements and HARD SKILLS:

Administrative and Organizational}

accomplish; apply; carry out; complete; effect; employ; enforce; execute; fulfill; finish; instigate; put into action; put into operation; put into place; use; put into practice; put into service; realize

Collocates to: education, programs, regulations, rules, training, styles, transactions

 

IMPOSE

apply or establish authority exact; assess; force one’s self; levy; pass off; put

“America has its origins in a rebellion against arbitrary and pernicious taxation and the framers wanted to make it extremely difficult to impose or raise taxes.”

—David Gelernter, Wall Street Journal, Opinion, 07/02/2012

 

• Resume bullet points: Imposed work rules and merit bonuses on underperforming business units

 

IMPROVE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, and Research and R&D}

ameliorate; amend; better; build up; develop; employ; enhance in value; enrich; expand; further; help; get better; increase; make better; meliorate; perfect; raise to a better quality; upgrade use

convalesce; get better; get stronger; get well; make progress; mend; perk up; rally; recover

Collocates to: abilities, efficiency, output, performance, profits, quality, results, sales, skills, timing

 

• Resume bullet points:

Improved retention rates by 20 percent and improved the firm’s profits by 8 percent

Improved production output of new-to-the-world products by 15 percent by employing CAD technology

 

INCREASE

{also use in Team Player}

add to; amplify; augment; boost; enhance; enlarge; improve; multiply; raise; swell

encourage; foster; fuel; intensify; redouble; strengthen

escalate; expand; grow; multiply; mushroom; proliferate; rise; soar; spread; swell

 

• Resume bullet points: Increased department’s share of firm’s profit from 20 percent to 40 percent in three years

Increased the number of turn-key vendor relationships, which improved our just-in-time inventory operation and saved the firm $1million a year in downtime and labor costs

 

INFUSE

{also use in Creativity)

imbue; inculcate; ingrain; inspire; instill; introduce

teach a body of knowledge or perspective

 

My extensive teaching skills along with my management approach infused a more enthusiastic outlook of the hourly workers and lead to a 22 percent reduction in missed days.

fill; permeate; pervade; suffuse

 

• Resume bullet points: Infused a sense of pride and self-respect into a demoralized sales team; in one year, they won the national sales contest

 

INSTITUTE

found; get established; inaugurate; introduce; originate; set original activity in motion; set up; start

 

• Resume bullet points: Instituted the firm’s first diversity awareness training program, helping to reduce discrimination claims by 25 percent

Instituted a global cross-functional team culture that provided a foundation for quicker, more efficient, and more profitable product launches

 

INTERPOSE

INTERPOSE

{also use in Drive, Passion, and Tenacity}

arbitrate; be aggressive; insert; intercept; interfere; intermediate; meddle; mediate; offer assistance or presence; offer unsolicited opinion; put between

Collocates to: arbitration, between, intermediation, mediation, rules

 

• Resume bullet points:Interposed an additional barrier between the host and the clients

 

INVIGORATE

animate; energize; enliven; galvanize; increase; liven; refresh; revitalize; strengthen; stimulate

The older, more dispirited employees were the ones most invigorated by the message of the new president.

 

• Resume bullet points: Invigorated the organization’s diversity outreach with a series of lectures, offsite visits, and cooperative ventures with diversity-owned businesses

 

LAUD

{also use in Communications, Outgoing, and Team Player}

acclaim; applaud; celebrate; extol; mention; praise; speak well of

The sales team should be lauded for its new sales record.

Collocates to: critics, efforts, ideas, plans, officials, leaders, others, vision, work

 

• Resume bullet points: Lauded by the media for innovative approaches to customer safety initiatives

 

LEVERAGE

control; force; influence; power; pull; weight • Resume bullet points:

Leveraged the product portfolio to enable the firm to maximize its 2012 sales

Leveraged the diverse skills and abilities of the intradepartmental project management team and managed a blockbuster new product that exceeded revenues of all previous new products by 50 percent

 

MAXIMIZE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accounting and Finance, and Drive, Passion, and Tenacity}

make as great or as large as possible; make best use of; raise to the highest possible degree

 

• Resume bullet points:

  • Maximized the resource allocation so that department achieved record sales while trimming costs by 20 percent
  • Maximized the advertising budget by more careful selection of target media, thus increasing revenues by 10 percent while holding cost to prior year

MEDIATE

MEDIATE

arbitrate; act as a go-between; help settle difference of opinion; intercede; intervene; judge; reconcile; referee; umpire

 

• Resume bullet points: Mediated the dispute between fair hours for the 100 full-time staff and 200 part-time workers

 

MELIORATE

improve; make something better

My work meliorated an already sound and effective strategy.

 

MILITATE

have a substantial effect on; weigh heavily on

My training manual militated our effort to get the new reps productive sooner.

 

NAIL DOWN

make certain; make sure; settle

I nailed down the labor contract in record time.

 

ORCHESTRATE

{also use in Attention to Detail and Design Mind-Set}

combine and adapt to obtain a particular outcome

arrange or organize surreptitiously to achieve a desired effect

 

• Resume bullet points:

  • Orchestrated the firm’s sales growth that allowed it to achieve industry leadership
  • Orchestrated the firm’s successful entry into global markets

 

ORIGINATE

bring into being; create or initiate; have a specified beginning; initiate; invent; make; start off

begin; come from; derive; start; stem from

 

• Resume bullet points:

Originated the advertising concept “Make a Need a Reality,” the most successful ad campaign in the firm’s history

 

OUTPERFORM

beat, better, exceed, or defeat

Resume bullet points:

Outperformed 400 salespersons in the 2012 national sales contest

 

OVERSEE

{also use in HARD SKILLS: Administrative and Organizational, and Business and Business Sense}

administer; control; direct; keep an eye on; manage; run; supervise

 

Resume bullet points:

Oversaw the mergers and acquisition activities, which added $5 million to the bottom line

 

PERFORM

carry out; accomplish; fulfill an action; meet the requirements, task, or function; work; function or do something to a specified standard

present entertainment to an audience

 

Resume bullet points:

Performed as marketing liaison for clients of agency, providing added value

Performed client interviews, researched information, and drafted affidavits, briefs, and contracts

 

POSIT

{also use in Attention to Detail and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

assume; conceive; conjecture; hypothesize; imagine; postulate; put forward; speculate; suggest; state or assume as fact; theorize

Collocates to: beliefs, concepts, idea, models, relationships, studies, theories

 

PRECIPITATE

cause to happen abruptly or expectedly prematurely

A boycott of the firm’s products precipitated rigorous cost-cutting measures.

 

PREEMPT

seize something by prior right; take action in advance of another act to prevent that act

Collocates to: laws, policies, procedures, programs, regulations, rules, schedules

• Resume bullet points:

Preempted what would have been expensive and punitive action by the FTC by writing self-regulatory practices that the industry adopted

 

RATIONALIZE

excuse; explain the action of

The CEO rationalized the staff reductions by describing the corporation’s value to customers.

interpret on the basis of some explainable reason

make actions conform to reason

 

RECTIFY

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements and HARD SKILLS: Accounting and Finance}

amend; correct; fix; put right; resolve; set right

adjust; cure; mend; remedy; repair

convert

• Resume bullet points:

Rectified long-standing imbalance between some sales territories and quotes, providing a more realistic policy and giving salespeople more incentive

 

SANCTION

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness}

abet; authorize; confirm; countenance; give official permission; ratify; permit impose penalty

The Federal Communications Commission sanctioned the firm for violations of the Do Not Call rule.

 

Professional

SHOULDER

{also use in Professional Demeanor}

  • push along or through, with, or the shoulder
  • take or carry upon the shoulder
  • assume the burden of
  • Collocates to: broad, burden, heavy, responsibilities, tall

 

• Resume bullet points:

Shouldered the responsibilities of two senior-level programmers for 18 months and maintained the department’s commitment to its customers not to miss a single deadline

 

Accuracy and Preciseness

Accuracy and preciseness means being free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact; being careful or meticulous.

 

ABSTERGE

{also use in Accountability, Commitment and Dedication, Common Sense, Customer Awareness, and Self-Manageable}

clean; cleanse; purge; wipe away

One good quarterly report has not absterged the concern of investors.

 

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, Cognitive Load Management, Commitment and Dedication, Communication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

  • accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify
  • My branding plan accentuated the product’s unique benefits in a way that more people could relate.
  • make more noticeable; play up; stress something
  • Collocates to: differences, opportunities, positives, shapes

 

• Resume bullet points: Accentuated company’s technological leadership in the application for the Five Star Award

 

ACCOMPLISH

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Attention to Detail, Drive, Leadership, Motivated, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Passion and Tenacity, and Work Ethic}

achieve; attain; bring about; carry out; cause to happen; complete; do; gain; get done; finish; fulfill; make happen; make possible; produce; pull off; reach; realize; undertake

 

• Resume bullet points: Accomplished the five-year logistics reorganization plan in four years, saving $300,000 in investment costs

Accomplished all objectives of the new media implementation plan

 

AMELIORATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Attention to Detail, Creativity, Leadership, Learn, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Self-Manageable}

correct a mistake; improve; make better; tolerate

correct a deficiency or defect; make right a wrong; take action that makes up for one’s negative or improper actions

 

• Resume bullet points: Ameliorated years of serious customer service failures by better recruiting and hiring, quality training, and a results-based compensation plan

 

ASCERTAIN

{also use in Accountability}

determine; discover; establish; find out; learn; realize; uncover

find out with certainty

 

(1), (2) I ascertained the extent of the high levels of product failure and determined its cause and devised a cost effective solution.

Collocates to: attempt, degree, desire, difficulty, extent, facts, need, order, sequence, truth

 

• Resume bullet points: Ascertained the long-term impact on market share of reducing advertising, which led to the decision to continue the advertising campaign

 

ASCRIBE

ASCRIBE

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, Computational Thinking, Honesty, and Integrity}

accredit; arrogate; assert that something has been caused by someone or something; attribute something to someone

 

The increase in global sales is ascribed to the general economic recovery.

Collocates to: attributes, belief, characteristics, feeling, meaning, phenomenon, qualities, traits, value, view

 

• Resume bullet points: Ascribed a purely political motive to FDC sanctioning of firm’s mining practices

 

ASSIGN

{also use in Accountability, Computational Thinking, and HARD SKILLS:

Administrative and Operational}

allocate; allot; choose; consign; dispense; dole out; give; hand over; pick; select; transfer

appoint; delegate; designate; detail; name

 

• Resume bullet points: Assigned the responsibility to meet and greet dignitaries and escort them to company events

Assigned cross-discipline individuals to project management teams

 

AUTHENTICATE

{also use in Accountability}

confirm; endorse; serve to prove; substantiate; validate

Resume bullet points: Authenticated $50 million of customer claims of financial loss due to firm’s investment advice

 

DEFINE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Attention to Detail, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Design Mind-Set}

characterize; classify; describe; determine or set boundaries; distinguish; identify; label; term

circumscribe; delimitate; delimit; demarcate; mark out

• Resume bullet points: Defined the parameters of the firm’s adoption of a value chain strategy

 

Accountability

EARMARK

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, Commitment and Dedication, and Time Management}

  • allocate; allot; appropriate; assign; reserve for special purpose; set aside
  • mark the ears of livestock for special identification
  • Collocates to: assets, funds, money, process, projects, reforms, requests, spending

• Resume bullet points: Earmarked donations for appropriate causes, ensuring continued flow of funds

 

EFFECTUATE

{also use in Commitment and Dedication and Learn}

bring about; cause or accomplish something; effect

The positive change in company morale was effectuated by strong investor interest.

Collocates to: change, goals, intent, necessity, plans, policy, purpose, resources, standards

 

ELUCIDATE

{also use in Accountability}

clarify; explain; explicate; expose; expound; illuminate; lucid; make something clear; reveal; throw light on

I was able to elucidate the results and findings of the complex research study and make them clear to the Board of Directors.

Collocates to: help, needs, research

 

ENSURE

{also use in Accountability}

  • follow; guarantee; make certain; make sure
  • make safe; protect; secure

• Resume bullet points

  • Ensured that all staff were given proper training in social media techniques
  • Ensured accurate, timely delivery of customer orders
  • Ensured that firm maintained competitive edge in marketplace by conducting continual customer satisfaction research

 

IMPUTE

{also use in Accountability}

  • accredit; ascribe a result or quality to anything or anyone; assign; attribute; fix
  • accuse; allege; assert; challenge; charge; cite; implicate
  • (2) The accreditation committee imputed the school’s graduation rates.
  • Collocates to: costs, date, datasets, income, policy, regulations, value

SANCTION

SANCTION

{also use in Accountability}

abet; authorize; confirm; countenance; give official permission; permit; ratify

impose penalty

The firm’s in-house counsel was sanctioned by the American Bar Association.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance and punctuality is the ability to consistently be where one has committed to be or is supposed to be and be on time.

 

ACCOUNT FOR

{also use in Analytical, Attention to Detail, HARD SKILLS: Business Sense, and Research Computational}

analyze; at hand; available; consider; explain to know the state of or whereabouts of something or someone

• Resume bullet points: Accounted for 25 percent of new hires

 

ASSEMBLE

accumulate; combine; convene; group; mass produce; produce standardized goods in large volumes; unite

• Resume bullet points:Assembled project team in one week, a team that achieved two breakthrough projects in 2012

 

ATTEND

be counted; be there; show up

Resume bullet points: Attended all meetings of the Board of Directors as the employee liaison

 

SCHEDULE

make arrangements or a plan for carrying out something

plan events and activities for certain times

 

Resume bullet points: Scheduled all the president’s visits with global stakeholders

Scheduled fulfillment of all mail orders and managed customer return issues

 

Attitude, Approachability, and Personality

Attitude is an individual’s apparent view and evaluation of something. It can be favorable or unfavorable of something or someone and determines how comfortable others are in interacting with the individual.

 

ABREACH

{also use in Communications}

release repressed emotions by acting out in words or behavior based one’s imagination of the situation

 

The negotiations had reached such a hostile tone that everyone was surprised and relieved when the firm’s chief negotiator abreached decorum and stood on the conference table and sang.

 

ACHIEVE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Drive and Passion, Education, Leadership, Motivated, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Risk Tolerant, Self-Confidence}

accomplish; attain; complete; conclude; do; finish; get; perform; pull off; reach; realize

succeed in doing something

 

• Resume bullet points: Achieved the firm’s first industry productivity award in 2011

ACQUIESCE

ACQUIESCE

{also use in Accountability, Cognitive Load Management, Compassion, and Social Intelligence}

  • accept; agree; assent; comply with passively; concede; concur; consent; give in; go along with; submit; yield
  • It was an important sign of personal growth for Joe to acquiesce to a plan to which he originally did not agree.
  • Collocates to: agree, accept, compelled, expect, forced, should, would

 

 Resume bullet points: Acquiesced to new owners to save more jobs

 

ADAPT TO CHANGE

acclimate; accommodate; adjust; change; conform; fashion; fit; get used to; make suitable; reconcile; square; suit; tailor

The ability to adapt to change is an important characteristic that employers look for in applicants.

make fit, often by modification

cause something to change for the better

 

• Resume bullet points: Adapted to change in a highly volatile business environment with grace and professionalism

 

AVER

affirm; assert the truthfulness of something; avow; claim; declare; maintain; profess; state; swear

• Resume bullet points:Averred all technological claims in firm’s marketing and promotional materials

 

CHOPE

reserve something such a seat, place, or book

It’s free seating at the concert, so we need to get there early to chope seats for our group.

 

COMPORT

act; agree; behave in a certain way that is proper

My staff was always the group that comported to department dress codes.

 

CORUSCATE

brilliant in style; flashy; showy; sparkle

The graphics of the advertisement coruscated through my mind.

 

COUNSEL

{also use in Communication, Compassionate, and Social Intelligence}

advise; deliberate; inform

Resume bullet points: Counseled new hires on company guidelines regarding branding issues

 

DISABUSE

correct; enlighten; free one from an incorrect assumption or belief

My white paper disabused the critic’s assertion that our products were unsafe.

 

EXHORT

admonish strongly; encourage earnestly by advice or warning; insist; press; push; urge

“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly combat.” —Plato

 

MELIORATE

improve; make something better • Resume bullet points:

Meliorated the interdepartmental disagreements between sales and customer service, thus reducing a major factor in employee turnover and low morale

 

MOLLIFY

appease; calm; pacify; placate; soften; soothe

My comments on the new policy mollified the employees who saw it as a negative.

• Resume bullet points: Mollified the most vitriolic of consumers who had waited in line for days for the product

 

PERSEVERE

be steadfast in purpose; continue in some effort or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition; persist

(1) “Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

—Napoleon

• Resume bullet points: Preserved the firm’s ten-year record of double-digit sales growth by completing the IBM sale three months ahead of forecast

 

PROPITIATE

favor; gain approval; like best; placate; win over

We propitiated stakeholders by keeping them informed about key decisions.

Collocates to: decision makers, directors, leaders, managers, people, stakeholders

 

RATIOCINATE

{also use in Design Mind-Set, and HARD SKILLS: Accounting and Finance}

sagacious; work toward a solution through logical thinking and reason

My ratiocinated approach helped a previously divided staff to accept the new policy as beneficial to the health of the firm and to their job security.

 

RECRUDESCE

become active again after a period of latency; break out

This ingenious marketing plan recrudesced this slumbering organization.

SEAGULL

SEAGULL

hang back and await an opportunity to benefit from desirable circumstances found or created by other people

Some would say he was wily or even devious, but David seagulled and always benefited from the success of others.

 

TEMPER

make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable; restrain

bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradual heating and cooling

 

VENERATE

honor as scared or noble; respect deeply; revere

look upon with feelings of deep respect; regard as venerable

 He was and is greatly venerated in the health care field.

 

Appearance and Personal Hygiene

One’s personal appearance and hygiene is the state, condition, or manner in which one appears; it is a person’s outward look.

 

ACCESSORIZE

add ornaments to; beautify; decorate; do up; furnish with accessories; refurbish; renovate wear or select accessories

The way she accessorized herself indicated she had vast knowledge of fashion.

 

ADORN

bedeck; bedizen; deck out; decorate; dress up; embellish; garnish; ornament; trim

The graduate students were adorned with the new blazers and scarves.

 

BEDAZZLE

adorn; beautify; dress up

We were bedazzled by the appearance, technology, and presentation of the sponsor.

 

BEDECK

decorate something or someone

The salesmen were bedecked with company blazers, fedoras, and leather briefcases.

 

CLEAN UP WELL

dress and look much better than normal; surprise others with one’s put-together appearance

Tom looked dashing in his tux; he cleaned up well for the board reception, having come off an oil rig just three hours ago.

 

INCANDESCE

beam; emit a light; flame; glow; shine

The student choir incandesced in their beautiful robes with the special back lighting.

 

LIFE STREAM

record or broadcast one’s continuous or streaming daily activities by means of a digital device that is part of one’s glasses or clothing

 

In the future, archeologists won’t have to interpret cave paintings because they will have our history, which we life streamed by digital audio and graphic recordings of daily activities from the mundane to really significant human activities of our time.

 

MASK

disguise something; hide real meaning of something

John masked his lack of self-confidence by playing the clown figure.

 

OGLE

eyeball; gaze at; look at; look at in an amorous or impertinent way; observe; stare at; watch

The audience ogled the panel of models.

 

OVERDRESS

be conspicuous at an event or activity because one is dressed in clothing too formal for the occasion

A job applicant showing up for an interview overdressed can be a problem.

 

PREEN

make one’s self look attractive; tidy and clean

He preened before every presentation because he knew the importance of the visual package.

 

SUIT UP

dress in the proper uniform or outfit for an event or contest

He suited up in preparation for the event.

 

TITIVATE

adorn; dress up; put finishing touch on; spruce up

If she had not titivated, she would not have felt as confident for the presentation.

 

Attention to Detail and Accuracy

Attention to Detail and Accuracy

ABOUND

flourish; present in large numbers; teem with; thrive

be fully supplied; be plentiful; be rich and abundant; have plenty of; proliferate

Collocated to: concerns, ideas, opportunities, problems, questions, signs, theories, thoughts

 

ABSORB

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Cognitive Load Management, Common Sense, Commitment and Detail, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and Self Manageable}

  • acquire; assimilate; attract; consume; digest; endure; engulf; fascinate; imbibe; soak up; sustain; take in; use up
  • draw into oneself; grasp; realize; recognize; take in; understand
  • become captivated, interested, engaged, or preoccupied in; fascinated

Resume bullet points: Absorbed two underperforming units into my department and still met all yearly objectives

 

ABSTERGE

clean; cleanse; purge; wipe away

 

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy, and Preciseness, Cognitive Load Management, Commitment and Dedication, Communication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify

make more noticeable; play up; stress something

 

Resume bullet points:Accentuated the firm’s civic accomplishments in all PR activities

 

ACCLIMATE

acclimatize; accustom yourself; adapt; adjust; become accustomed to a new environment or situation; familiarize; get used to

 

• Resume bullet points: Acclimated to the new corporate culture following the merger and won accolades from new management

 

ACCOMPLISH

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Accuracy and Precision, Drive, Passion and Tenacity, Leadership, Motivated, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Work Ethic}

achieve; attain; bring about; carry out; cause to happen; complete; do; gain; get done; finish; fulfill; make happen; make possible; produce; pull off; reach; realize; undertake

 

• Resume bullet points:

Accomplished the most difficult parts of the industry certification while managing two departments

Accomplished all assignments on time and within budget guidelines

 

ACCOUNT FOR

{also use in Attendance and Punctuality, Analytical, Computational, and HARD SKILLS: Business Sense and Research}

  • be responsible for; get the credit or blame for
  • analyze; at hand; available; consider; explain
  • know the state of or whereabouts of something or someone

 

• Resume bullet points:

Accounted for 20 percent of new sales for the division in 2012

Accounted for all employees in the aftermath of the 2006 earthquake

 

ACCREDIT

{also use in Accountability, Customer Awareness, Reliability, and HARD SKILLS: Administration and Organizational}

approve; attribute; authorize; give credit to; endorse; recognize; sanction

 

The program was accredited by the appropriate professional bodies.

certify; supply with credentials or authority

Collocates to: colleges; courses, education, fully; ideas, institutions, programs, schools

 

ACT ON

accomplish; acquit yourself; be active; behave; do something; operate; proceed; react; respond; take action; take steps; work

act out; appear in; feign; impersonate; mock; perform; play in; pretend; simulate

• Resume bullet points: Acted on all customer complaints within 24 hours

 

ACTUALIZE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Common Sense, Motivated, and Novel and Adaptive Thinking}

make real or actual; realize

fulfill the potential of 

Resume bullet points: Actualized virtual transactions, giving customers a human contact

 

ACTUATE

{also use in Accomplishments, Achievements, Creativity, Customer Awareness, Leadership, and Risk Tolerant}

activate; arouse to action; motivate; put into motion; start; trigger

Resume bullet points: Actuated the industry’s first global fraud alert system, helping firms reduce their losses due to fraud by millions of dollars a year

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ADAPT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Commitment and Dedication, Common Sense, Creativity, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and HARD SKILLS: Engineering, R&D}

acclimate; accommodate; adjust; change; conform; fashion; fit; get used to; make suitable; reconcile; square; suit; tailor

make fit, often by modification

cause something to change for the better

 

• Resume bullet points: Adapted the CAD technology to firm and improved assembly line productivity by 33 percent

 

ADDRESS

{also use in Communications and Self-Manageable}

  • direct one’s attention to; discourse; lecture; remark; speak directly to; talk to
  • deliver; direct; dispatch; forward; mark with a destination; refer
  • adopt; attend to; concentrate on; deal with; focus on; take up

• Resume bullet points:Addressed every employee complaint within two days

 

AFFIRM

{also use in Accountability, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Honesty and Integrity}

acknowledge; affirm; announce; assert; asseverate; avow; confirm; establish; insist; pronounce; state; validate; verify

encourage; support; sustain; uphold

• Resume bullet points: Affirmed the firm’s First Amendment rights of commercial free speech in congressional hearings

 

ALIGN

{also use in Commitment and Dedication, Design Mind-Set, Self-Manageable, and Social Intelligence}

ally; adjust; bring oneself into agreement with; correct; level; parallel;

straighten arrange something in reference with something else

Resume bullet points: Aligned personal goals and objectives with those of the corporation

 

AMELIORATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Creativity, Leadership, Learn, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Self-Manageable}

correct a mistake; improve; make better; tolerate

correct a deficiency or defect; make right a wrong; take action that makes up for one’s negative or improper actions

Collocates to: conditions, effects, efforts, problems, situations, symptoms

 

ANALYZE

{also use in Critical Thinking, HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, Computational, and Gather Data and Convert into Information}

consider; dissect; evaluate; examine; explore; interpret; investigate; probe; question; scrutinize; study

• Resume bullet points: Analyzed firm’s results and proposed loss prevention plan that saved $280,000 in the first year of implementation

 

ASCERTAIN

determine; discover; establish; find out; learn; realize; uncover

find out with certainty

(1), (2) My research ascertained the sources responsible for theft of company intellectual property worth $17 million.

 

• Resume bullet points: Ascertained the most accurate cost of an industrial sales call, since McGraw Hill stopped publishing the data in the 1980s, thus providing a more accurate figure of the cost of sales

 

ASCRIBE

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Computational Thinking, Honesty and Integrity}

accredit; arrogate; attribute something to someone; assert that something has been caused by someone or something

Many of the health benefits ascribed to the product were proven by my research.

Collocates to: attributes, meaning, motives, powers, tendencies, traits, qualities, values

 

ASSEVERATE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Communications, and Design Mind-Set}

assert; aver; avouch; avow; declare earnestly or solemnly; hold; maintain

He asseverated that the mistakes in the report would be corrected.

 

ATTRIBUTE

accredit; ascribe; assign; attach; classify; credit to; connect; designate; impute; lay at someone’s door; make part of

The drop in revenue was attributed to marketplace confusion regarding replacement parts.

 

AUDIT

{also use in Accounting and Finance, Computational Thinking, and Design Mind-Set}

appraise; assess; check; count; examine; inspect; review; verify the accounting records of

 

• Resume bullet points: Audited the company’s books and filed all tax forms

 

AUTHENTICATE

confirm; endorse; serve to prove; substantiate; validate • Resume bullet points:

Authenticated all digital coupons sent in by vendors valued at $45 thousand

 

AVER

{also use in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Honesty and Integrity}

affirm; assert the truthfulness of something; avow; claim; declare; maintain; profess; state; swear

• Resume bullet points: Averred all technological claims in firm’s marketing and promotional materials

BALANCE

BALANCE

{also use in Accountability, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Cross-Cultural Competency}

assess; calculate; collate; compare; consider; evaluate; even out; equalize; keep upright; offset; settle; square; stabilize; stay poised; steady; tally; total; weigh; weight up

 

My management style balanced the financial needs of the firm and the human needs of the employees.

• Resume bullet points: Balanced personal and work goals with effective time and organizational management skills

 

BATTLE TEST

test something in a real-world situation; test something under the most difficult of conditions

The rock crusher was battle tested in severe weather conditions.

 

BENCHMARK

{also use in Design Mind-Set, Learn, Professional Demeanor, and HARD SKILLS: Advertising, Branding, PR, Sales, and Marketing, and HARD SKILLS: Business and Business Sense}

commence; identify and learn from the best business practices; level point of reference; standard; target

 

• Resume bullet points:

  • Benchmarked a dozen new marketing measurements that provided previously unused method to determine effectiveness
  • Benchmarked specifications for systems implementation

 

BLUE PENCIL

censor; correct or edit writing, as if by changing or deleting; cross out

I personally blue penciled the construction plans.

 

BOWDLERIZE

censor; edit; expurgate; remove obscenity or other inappropriate content

When the CEO got involved with Web content, he didn’t just edit it; he bowdlerized it.

 

CALENDERIZE

arrange by date; organize; program

Resume bullet points: Calenderized every industry conference and seminar so employees could identify and select the events that suited their schedules, thus saving hundreds of man-hours

 

CALIBRATE

adjust; attune; mark gradations; measure properly; regulate; standardize

Resume bullet points: Calibrated all the firm’s purchases of used lab equipment following ISO 17025 standards

CATEGORIZE

CATEGORIZE

{also use in Accountability, Creativity, and Critical Thinking}

assort; classify; separate

Resume bullet points: Categorized all the products into their appropriate NAICs categories

 

CENTRALIZE

{also use in Design Mind-Set and HARD SKILLS: Administrative and Organizational}

consolidate; bring power of something to the central organization

Resume bullet points: Centralized the functions of 11 regional sales offices, streamlining reporting functions

 

CERTIFY

{also use in Design Mind-Set; Honesty and Integrity, and Reliability}

assure; attest; confirm; testify; verify; vouch; witness

Resume bullet points: Certified the inspection work of the quality control team

 

CHERRY-PICK

choose the best thing; choose something very carefully; elect; opt; single out

Because we had first choice, we were able to cherry-pick the best interns.

CITE

mention; name; proof; quote; refer or quote authority

Resume bullet points: Cited as “Top Performer” in Best 100 Systems Analysts in trade journal

 

CLASSIFY

{also use in Computational Thinking and Gather Data and Convert into Information}

arrange; assort; catalog; categorize; class; distribute to groups; grade; group; list by some order or sequence; organize; sort

• Resume bullet points:Classified the firm’s 17,000 products into industry categories, making reorder, fulfillment, and shipping more efficient and less expensive

 

CONCATENATE

integrate; link together; unite or join in a series or chain

The volunteers concatenated to form an old-fashioned bucket brigade to fight the fire.

 

COORDINATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Critical Thinking, HARD SKILLS: Administer and Organizational, and Problem Solving}

bring together; combine; direct; harmonize; manage; match up; organize; synchronize; work together

 

• Resume bullet points:

  • Coordinated complex, multinational research projects for global research department
  • Coordinated the translation of all company PR, branding, and marketing materials from English to Spanish

 

CORRELATE

{also use in Computational Thinking, Cross-Cultural Competency, and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

associate; calculate or show the reciprocal relation between; come together; bring into mutual relation; correspond; parallel

The survey data indicated that the two factors were strongly correlated.

 

CORROBORATE

back; back up with evidence; confirm formally; make certain the validity of; strengthen; support a statement or argument with evidence

My report corroborated the initial results of the Board Ethics Committee.

Collocates to: allegations, details, evidence, findings, information, observations, results, rumors, stories

 

DEDUCE

{also use in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Learn}

assume from observations; conclude from evidence; conjecture; figure out; hypothesize; infer; presume; posit; reason; suppose; surmise; suspect; work out

The consulting team deduced from its observations that the firm needed to build brand. trace the course of deviation

 

 Accomplishments and Achievements

DEFINE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Design Mind-Set}

characterize; classify; describe; determine or set down boundaries; distinguish; identify; label; term

circumscribe; delimit; delimitate; demarcate; mark out

 

• Resume bullet points:

Defined the levels of experience and skill set necessary for all job openings

 

DELIMIT

{also use in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Design Mind-Set, and Time Management}

define; demarcate; determine; fix boundaries; restrict; set limits; state clearly

 

The research was delimited to ensure that no data was gathered on children under 13 years of age.

 

DELINEATE

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, and Communication}

describe accurately; determine; draw an outline; identify or indicate by marking with precision; fix boundaries; represent something

• Resume bullet points: Delineated the limits of expense account approvals for managers

 

DEMARCATE

separate clearly; set boundaries; set mark

Resume bullet points:Demarcated a transaction boundary to define a unit of work

 

DETAIL

allocate; describe; itemize; list; note; notify; particularize; specify

The marketing plan detailed the approaches to be taken to reach the new marketplace.

assign; conscript; delegate; designate; order

Resume bullet points: Detailed the funding request for the SBA-backed loan

 

DISABUSE

correct; enlighten; free one from an incorrect assumption or belief Collocates to: beliefs, ideas, notions, plans, thoughts, views

 

EARMARK

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Commitment and Dedication, and Time Management}

allocate; appropriate; assign; allot; set aside; reserve for a special purpose

mark the ears of livestock for special identification

(1), (2) The new funds were earmarked for global expansion.

• Resume bullet points: Earmarked the excess of profits over budget for employee bonuses

 

Accountability, Communication,

EDIT

{also use in Accountability, Communication, and Take Directions}

  • alter; correct; revise and make ready
  • prepare a written work for publication by selection, arrangement, and annotation
  • make additions, deletions, or other changes

• Resume bullet points: Edited the company newsletter for eight years

 

EDUCATE

{also use in Communications, Intelligence, and Learn}

  • provide knowledge in a particular area
  • discipline; edify; inform; impart knowledge; instruct; mentor; teach; train; tutor
  • develop and train the innate capacities of by schooling or education

Resume bullet points: Educated new vendors about the firm’s view of the value chain relationship

 

 

EDUCE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Intelligence and Leadership}

come to conclusion; derive; evoke; solve a problem based on thoughtful consideration of facts

deduce; draw out; elicit; infer

bring out or develop; elicit from

 

FOCUS

apply one’s attention to; concentrate; intent; pay close attention to something

• Resume bullet points: Focused on managing toward results

 

IDENTIFY

associate; empathize; make out; mark; recognize; relate; place; point out with certainty; see

  • categorize; classify; name
  • ascertain; designate; detect; discover; find; isolate; pinpoint
  • distinguish; make something stand out; set apart; single out

 

• Resume bullet points: Identified new acquisition targets for the firm, thus enabling the company to become one of the state’s largest businesses

 

INTEGRATE

articulate; concatenate; make part of; include as part of whole; unify • Resume bullet points:

Integrated the outside and inside sales teams, reducing duplicative activities, marketplace confusion, and costs

 

INTERPRET

{also use in Intelligence}

construe; explain; present in understandable terms; represent the terms of individual belief or judgment; tell the meaning of

 

• Resume bullet points: Interpreted the impact of all proposed Federal regulations on the business, giving the strategic planning group advanced planning time and keeping us ahead of the competition

 

JUXTAPOSE

adjoin; place side by side or close together for purposes of comparison; put side by side to compare

The two products were juxtaposed for the prospect to judge.

 

METHODIZE

order; organize; systematize • Resume bullet points:

Methodized asset management and inventory of equipment and software,

creating annual cost savings of $400,000

 

NUANCE

give nuance to; provide subtle difference or degree of distinction

Resume bullet points: Nuanced nonverbal and verbal cues in all speeches to maximize impact

Accountability and Design

ORCHESTRATE

{also use in Accountability and Design Mind-Set}

  • combine and adapt to obtain a particular outcome
  • arrange or organize surreptitiously to achieve a desired effect

 

Resume bullet points: Orchestrated the change in strategic direction by emphasizing the market potential in aftermarket products, increasing the company’s profits by 17 percent

 

PERSEVERATE

{also use in Design Mind-Set and Reliability}

continue something; repeat something insistently or over and over again

The subjects in this study perseverated.

 

PINPOINT

find or locate exactly; identify; isolate; pin down 

Resume bullet points: Pinpointed gaps in marketplace penetration, allowing a more effective and efficient reallocation of resources and retargeting of marketing efforts

 

PRIORITIZE

sequence or sort by importance

 

Resume bullet points: Prioritized niche market opportunities with research so resources could be more effectively allocated

 

PROFILE

describe something; offer details of

Resume bullet points: Profiled and segmented existing customers and created prioritized prospect model that reduced the ratio of sales calls to close by 25 percent, saving hundreds of dollars per call

 

QUANTIFY

{also use in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and HARD SKILLS: Accounting and Finance, and Analytical, Research, and Computational}

  • express something in quantifiable terms
  • explanation provided as a numerical expression
  • determine or express or explain the quantity of, numerical measure of, or extent of

 

• Resume bullet points: Quantified transferable experience and skills of job applicants into a reliable interview application, identifying the highest potential of success

SCHEDULE

 

SCHEDULE

{also use in Time Management}

make arrangements or a plan for carrying out something

plan events and activities for certain times

• Resume bullet points: Scheduled all fulfillment, including orders, and managed all customer return issues

 

SYNTHESIZE

combine into a coherent whole; summarize the whole; provide an abstract of the whole

• Resume bullet points: Synthesized circuits to meet required specifications

 

TABULATE

{also use in Computational Thinking, HARD SKILLS: Accounting and Finance, and Analytical, Research, and Computational}

add up; chart; count; put facts in a table or column tally; total

Resume bullet points: Tabulated and analyzed data from all customer focus groups

 

VET

check someone’s suitability for security clearance; examine, evaluate • Resume bullet points:

Vetted all employees selected for top security clearances

Cognitive Load Management

Cognitive Load Management is the ability to filter and differentiate information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functions using a variety of tools and techniques.

 

ABDUCE

advance evidence for; allege; cite

The analysis and interpretation of the survey’s data abduced the Theory of Business.

 

ABSORB

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Common Sense, Commitment and Detail, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and Self-Manageable}

  • acquire; assimilate; attract; consume; digest; endure; engulf; fascinate; imbibe; soak up; sustain; take in; use up
  • draw into oneself; grasp; realize; recognize; take in; understand
  • become captivated, interested, engaged, or preoccupied in; fascinated

 

Resume bullet points: Absorbed three unprofitable stores and still made annual sales and profit objectives

 

ABSTRACT

{also use in Intelligence}

detach; draw away from; extract; remove; select; separate; take out

abridge; condense; pre[as]cis; purloin; shorten; take or extract the relevant or important information from; summarize; synopsize

Collocates to: context, data, information, knowledge, manner, social

ACCENTUATE

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail,

Commitment and Dedication, Communication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify

play up; make more noticeable; stress something

mark with an accent

Collocates to: differences, figures, negatives, positives, shapes

 

Resume bullet points: Accentuated differences in product quality

 

ACCLIMATE

{also use in Common Sense, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Leadership, Learn, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Professional Demeanor, Team Player, and Work Ethic}

acclimatize; adapt; accustom yourself; adjust; become accustomed to a new environment or situation; familiarize; get used to

 

ACQUIESCE

{also use in Attitude, Compassion, and Social intelligence}

accept; agree; assent; comply with passively; concur; concede; consent; give in; go along with; submit; yield

The management team acquiesced and allowed the extra holiday to be a paid day off.

Collocates to: authority, choices, customs, demands; laws, regulations, rules

 

ADJUDICATE

{also use in Accountability, Critical Thinking, and Design Mind-Set}

act as judge; listen; mediate; preside over argument; settle

Resume bullet points: Adjudicated the disputes between staff scientists over the experiment procedures

 

ADUMBRATE

{also use in Leadership and Risk Tolerant}

foreshadow; give a general description of something but not the details; prefigure; obscure; overshadow; predict; presage; summary

(1) She adumbrated the global financial problem based on her years of

experience as an international financial consultant.

 

ALLUDE

casually and indirectly refer; covert; indicate; introduce; make an implication; suggest; talk about; touch on

 

He alluded to the agreement in his speech.

ANNOTATE

comment on; critically note or comment; explain; interpret; make notes on

• Resume bullet points: Annotated the literature reviews of research interns

 

Communications and Design Mind-Set

ASSEVERATE

{also use in Attention to Detail, Communications, and Design Mind-Set}

assert; aver; avouch; avow; declare earnestly or solemnly; hold; maintain

He asseverated that the theory of relativity would be confirmed by actual evidence.

 

ASSIST

{also use in Compassionate, Self-Manageable, and Team Player}

abet; collaborate; facilitate; help with 

 

Resume bullet points:Assisted the new product development team with research activities

 

ASSUAGE

apease; erase doubts and fears; mollify; pacify; satisfy; soothe

The last holdouts on the Board of Directors were finally assuaged to support the new plant construction by the report on market needs.

 

BLUE SKY

{also use in Communication and Motivation}

out of the box, strategic, long-range thinking; visionary thinking

Once the committee arrived at the retreat, they went into planning groups and blue skied the possibilities of the new product concept.

 

BOOST

advance; amplify; augment; enhance; further; heighten; hoist; improve; increase; lift; make better; raise

• Resume bullet points: Boosted output of the plant by 20 percent within a year after assuming the duties of plant manager

 

BRAINSTORM

come up with; devise; dream up; generate ideas; think strategically

Our project management team brainstormed the idea and came up with six potential uses.

 

• Resume bullet points:Brainstormed for ways to perform total quality customer service

 

COALESCE

{also use in Accountability, Accomplishments and Achievements, Commitment and Dedication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Leadership, Learn, Social Intelligence}

combine; come together as one; grow together; join; unite

The project management team coalesced around the sponsor’s suggestions.

 

COGITATE

consider; deliberate; meditate; muse; ponder; reflect; ruminate

She cogitated deeply before deciding to take the offer.

 

COLLATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Design Mind-Set, Team Player, and HARD SKILLS: Gather Data and Convert to Information}

assemble or collect to compare; bring together; gather; pool; pull together

 

Resume bullet point:Collated data obtained from customer surveys into an improvement tracker

 

CONCEPTUALIZE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Communications, Leadership, and Learn}

interpret something from the abstract; create an understandable point out of a concept

• Resume bullet points: Conceptualized the entire security network around Cisco protocol and equipment

 

DEDUCT

abstract; remove; subtract; take; take away; withhold

deduce; infer; posit

I deducted the solution based on similar variables in other situations.

 

DEMYSTIFY

clear up; clarify; eliminate or remove mystery; make rational or comprehensible

• Resume bullet points: Demystified the capabilities of nanotechnologies

 

DEPICT

DEPICT

{also use in Accountability and Communications}

describe; get a picture of; give a picture of; illustrate; picture in words; portray; present a lifelike image; represent; show

 

DEVELOP SOFTWARE

envision and write/code computer instructions to perform desired functions

• Resume bullet points: Developed software to run the firm’s invoicing needs for 2,500 industrial customers

 

DISENTANGLE

{also use in Design Mind-Set and Self-Manageable}

clear; free from entanglements and ties; find solutions to problems; straighten out

Her insights and negotiating skills disentangled the otherwise complicated situation.

 

EDIFY

{also use in Communications, Compassionate, Intelligence, Learn, and Social Intelligence}

educate; enlighten; illuminate; improve; inform; instruct; teach

uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually

(1), (2) The speaker’s message edified and raised the spirits of everyone in attendance.

 

EDUCE

{also use in Attention to Detail and Accuracy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Intelligence and Leadership}

come to conclusion; solve a problem based on thoughtful consideration of facts; derive; evoke

It was educed from the analysis of the focus groups that our advertising message was not achieving its goal.

draw out; elicit; infer; deduce

 

ELUCIDATE

{also use in Accountability, Communication, Social Intelligence, HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational, and Take Direction}

clarify; explain; explicate; expose; expound; illuminate; lucid; make something clear; reveal; throw light on it

• Resume bullet points:Elucidated cloud computing

 

EXTRAPOLATE

{also use in Cogitative Load Management and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

construct an image; estimate; infer

arrive at conclusion or results by hypothesizing from known facts or observations

The business model was extrapolated from Schumpeter’s work.

 

GARNER

accumulate; acquire; assemble; bring together; bunch up; collect; gain; gather; get; harvest; heap; earn; reap

We garnered a great deal of information about our competitors from the surveys.

 

Critical Thinking and HARD SKILLS

HYPOTHESIZE

{also use in Critical Thinking and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

educated guess of some outcome

The researchers hypothesized that there was a connection between consumer loyalty and employee satisfaction.

 

IMBIBE

{also use in Intelligence and Learn}

receive in the mind and retain; soak; steep; take in

Repetition advertising imbibed viewers with slogans, jingles, and themes that were supposed to come into their attention unexpectedly.

 

LUCUBRATE

apply one’s mind to acquiring knowledge; study

He lucubrated by dedicating himself to nearly constant learning.

 

OBVIATE

anticipate to prevent difficulties or disadvantages; avert; hinder; preclude; prevent

Disaster was obviated because a risk management plan was in place.

• Resume bullet points: Obviated disasters by implementing risk management

 

PERCEIVE

become aware or conscious of through the senses; distinguish; identify; make out; notice; pick out; regard as

observe; remark; see; take in

comprehend; feel; sense; realize

• Resume bullet points: Perceived the need for a more accurate and qualitative gap analysis

 

POSIT

{also use in Accountability, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and HARD

SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational}

assume; conceive; conjecture; hypothesize; imagine; postulate; put forward; speculate; suggest; state or assume as fact; theorize

The consultants posited a far different short-term outlook than the board strategic committee.

 

SEGUE

{also use in Self-Manageable and Time Management}

continue without break; lead into new areas; proceed without interruption; smooth change to next topic

I found a less costly approach that more easily segued the OEM process.

Accountability and Commitment

Common Sense, Street Smarts

Common sense is the ability for one to perceive the current situation, environment, or facts and then make a careful and sensible decision or judgment.

 

ABIDE

{also use in Accountability, Commitment and Dedication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Professional Demeanor and Presence, Reliability, Self-Manageable, and Work Ethic}

bear; continue; endure; go on being; put up with; stomach; take; tolerate

hold; remain; stand fast; stand for; stay

remain with someone; stay

Collocates to: agreements, conditions, laws, norms, rules; resolutions, wishes

 

ABSORB

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Attention to Detail and Accuracy, Cognitive Load Management, Commitment and Dedication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and Self-Manageable}

  • acquire; assimilate; attract; consume; digest; endure; engulf; fascinate; imbibe; sustain; soak up; take in; use up
  • draw into oneself; grasp; realize; recognize; understand
  • become captivated, interested, engaged or preoccupied in; fascinated

• Resume bullet points: Absorbed 15 percent price increases from vendors and still maintained prices for customers

 

ACCLIMATE

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Leadership, Learn, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Professional Demeanor, Team Player, and Work Ethic}

acclimatize; accustom yourself; adapt; adjust; become accustomed to a new environment or situation; familiarize; get used to

The proper combination of reading and trial and error may be the best approach to get new people acclimated to the rigors of the job.

 

ACCOMMODATE

{also use in Accomplishments, Compassionate, Cross-Cultural Competency, Customer Awareness, Flexibility, and Outgoing}

  • house; lodge; provide accommodations; put up
  • adapt; be big enough for; contain; have capacity for; hold; reconcile; seat
  • do a favor or a service for someone
  • adjust; become accustomed; familiarize; get used to; make suitable
  • allow for; assist; be of service; consider; find ways to help; oblige 

 Resume bullet points: Accommodated diversity input when developing business strategy

 

ACTUALIZE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Attention to Detail, Motivated, and Novel and Adaptive Thinking}

make real or actual; realize

The business plan actualized the dream of the entrepreneurs.

 

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ADAPT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Attention to Detail, Commitment and Dedication, Creativity, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and HARD SKILLS: Engineering and R&D}

  • acclimate; accommodate; adjust; change; conform; fashion; fit; get used to; make suitable; reconcile; square; suit; tailor
  • make fit, often by modification
  • cause something to change for the better

• Resume bullet points: Adapted the fleet of delivery trucks to use propane, thus saving $100,000 a year on gasoline

 

ADJUST

{also use in Accountability, Cross-Cultural Competency, Engineering, Flexibility, R&D, and Work Ethic}

accommodate; alter; amend; attune; bend; change; correct; fine-tune; fix; modify; pacify; regulate; resolve; rectify; settle; tune up; tweak

• Resume bullet points: Adjusted to new regulations

 

ANTICIPATE

await; be hopeful for; discussion or treatment; expect; foresee and deal with in advance; give advance thought; look forward to; think likely; wait for

• Resume bullet points: Anticipated the global slowdown of Rare Earth metals a year and built a stockpile that carried us through until production picked up

 

BACKSTOP

{also use in Commitment, Dedication, and Work Ethic}

  • be a type of insurance to ensure that the security issue will be purchased
  • act as a backstop; use as a measure of last resort in case of an emergency

Resume bullet points Backstopped more than $500 million in stock and bond issues

 

BOOTSTRAP

{also use in Design Mind-Set and Self-Manageable}

initiative; manage without assistance; succeed with few resources

Resume bullet points: Bootstrapped own start-up company

 

BUMP THE SHARK

{also use in Drive and Passion}

push back against an aggressive person; stand up against an intrusive, aggressive, or assertive verbal assault

fight back against a bully

(1), (2) Sandra surprised everyone when she bumped the shark and put Jason in his place.

 

CHOP WOOD

work hard; make an extra effort

We chopped wood, never quit, and climbed the mountain, and the results showed our effort.

 

COWBOY UP

{slang}

accept life as it happens; act like a man in the face of hardships

accept punishment and defeat with stoic resolve

(1), (2) Ron cowboyed up after letting everyone down and showed his true colors.

CROWD SOURCE

CROWD SOURCE

{also use in Advertising}

identify a group with common demographic or psychographic characteristics and determine how to best make contact with them to deliver a message such as a sales or advertising message

• Resume bullet points: Crowd sourced 300,000 prospects by Facebook and Meetup

 

DISCOVER

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Gather Data and Convert into Information, and Intelligence}

ascertain; be first to learn something; determine; expose; find out; hear; learn; realize, see, or uncover something

Resume bullet points: Discovered an untapped global demand for used car parts

 

FERRET OUT

search and discover through persistent discovery

Resume bullet points: Ferreted out the weak links in our touted value chain approach and kept all key accounts

 

GIN UP

{also use in Accomplish and Self-Confidence}

create; encourage; produce; increase

It is easy to get ginned up about some of the new technology.

 

GREASE THE SKIDS

help ease or prepare the way for someone

(1) It was my pleasure to have greased the skids for such a deserving

young person.

 

JERRY-RIG

construct a device in a crude or unstructured manner; solve a problem with creative use of only materials at hand

The maintenance team jerry-rigged a loading platform to keep the operation going in the emergency.

 

JOCKEY

arrange to get into a better position; maneuver; position for something Collocates to: advantage, for place, position, power, space, with

 

JUMP-START

bring to life; get a project moving by bypassing normal procedures; get going; kick-start; pop the clutch

• Resume bullet points: Jump-started Internet start-up by crowd funding

 

KICK THE TIRES

first to investigate; look for or check for early warning signs; look into something by checking the obvious things

• Resume bullet points: Kicked the tires of global merger deals

 

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PULL THE TRIGGER

go ahead after thinking and planning; make the final decision to act or do something; no going back

She pulled the trigger on the controversial plan and showed why she is considered one of the top CEOs in the field.

 

TACKLE

encounter; engage; face; take hold of; take on

deal with a difficult person or situation

Resume bullet points: Tackled problems as they arose, not letting situations get worse than when they appeared

 

Commitment and Dedication

Commitment and Dedication involve someone’s personal pledge to make an obligation of his time, energy, or resources to do something and continue until the task or obligation is fulfilled.

 

ABET

{also use in Accountability, Learn, Motivated, and Social Intelligence}

advocate; assist; back; back up; encourage; espouse; foment; help incite; put up to; sanction; support; urge (especially in wrongdoing)

We abetted in the decision to go ahead with the controversial design.

 

ABIDE

{also use in Accountability, Common Sense, Cross-Cultural Competency, Motivated, Professional Demeanor and Presence, Reliability, Self-Manageable, and Work Ethic}

bear; continue; endure; go on being; put up with; stomach; take; tolerate

hold; remain; stand fast; stand for; stay

remain with someone

Collocates to: agreements, conditions, laws, norms, rules; resolutions, wishes

 

ABSORB

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail and Accuracy, Cognitive Load Management, Common Sense, Cross-Cultural Competency, Learn, and Self-Manageable}

acquire; assimilate; attract; consume; digest; endure; engulf; fascinate; imbibe; sustain; soak up; take in; use up

draw into oneself; grasp; realize; recognize; understand

become captivated, interested, engaged, or preoccupied in; fascinate

 

Resume bullet points: Absorbed underperforming departments and still achieved budget goals

 

ACCEDE

{also use in Accountability, Customer Awareness, Flexibility, Outgoing, and Social Intelligence}

agree; allow; approach; ascend; attain; come to; comply; conform;

consent; enter upon; give assent; grant; succeed to; take over

• Resume bullet points: Acceded to requests of stakeholders

 

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ACCELERATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Motivated, Self-Manageable, Time Management, and HARD SKILLS: Time and Organizational Management}

gather speed; go faster; grow; hurry; increase speed of; pick up the pace; quicken; rush; speed up;

cause to occur sooner

Resume bullet points: Accelerated time-to-market for new products by 20 percent through use of “Breakthrough Project Management” methodology

 

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Cognitive Load Management, Leadership, Communication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify make more noticeable; play up; stress something

(1), (2) The decision was accentuated with a round of applause.

mark with an accent

 

ACTIVATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Novel and Adaptive Thinking}

acetify; become active; energize; galvanize; get going; initiate; make active; start; set in motion; set off; stimulate; trigger; turn off

• Resume bullet points: Activated stovepipe plans

 

ADAPT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Attention to Detail, Common Sense, Creativity, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Learn, and HARD SKILLS: Engineering and R&D}

  • acclimate; accommodate; adjust; change; conform; fashion; fit; get used to; make suitable; reconcile; square; suit; tailor
  • make fit, often by modification
  • cause something to change for the better

 

• Resume bullet points: Adapted the in-house training program to include more emphasis on employees’ civic responsibilities

 

ADOPT

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, and Accountability}

accept; agree to; assume; approve; choose; embrace; endorse; espouse; foster; implement; take in as one’s own; take on; take on board; take up

• Resume bullet points: Adopted only those new technologies that made organization more effective

 

resume power verbs

ADVOCATE

{also use in Compassion, Self-Manageable, and Reliability}

advance; back; be in favor of; bolster; defend; encourage; promote; sponsor; support

• Resume bullet points: Advocated for truth in advertising long before it became a catch phrase

 

ALIGN

{also use in Attention to Detail, Design Mind-Set, Self-Manageable, and Social Intelligence}

ally; adjust; bring oneself into agreement with; correct; level; parallel; straighten

arrange something in reference with something else

• Resume bullet points: Aligned and trained two sales groups, creating more customer contact points

 

ASSUAGE

appease; erase doubts and fears; mollify; pacify; satisfy; soothe

(1) I assuaged the concerns of the staff by sharing with them all the

information I had.

 

BACKSTOP

{also use in Common Sense and Work Ethic}

act as a backstop; provide last-resort support or security in a securities offering for the unsubscribed portion of shares; use as a measure of last resort in case of an emergency

• Resume bullet points: Backstopped 100 percent of $30 million of unsubscribed shares

 

BRING ABOUT

{also use in Design Mind-Set}

be the reason for; cause 

Resume bullet points: Brought about a passion for quality in every position

 

CAMPAIGN

battle; canvass; crusade; engage; fight; hold an operation; participate; push; struggle

• Resume bullet points: Campaigned for more customer focus in all operations in every job

 

CARRY THE WATER

{also use in Customer Awareness, Leadership, Self-Confidence, and Work Ethic}

bear the main responsibility for something; manage something for others by oneself

• Resume bullet points: Carried the water for new product idea

 

CHAMPION

{also use in Accountability, Leadership, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, and Self-Confidence}

advocate; back; campaign for; crusade for; excel; fight for; stand up for; support; uphold; be a winner

 

Resume bullet points: Championed development of software simulation and modeling methods to assist marketing in determining that customer’s “voice” procedure is now SOP

 

COALESCE

{also use in Achievements, Accomplishments, Accountability, Cognitive Load Management, Cross-Cultural Competency, Flexibility, Leadership, Learn, Social Intelligence, and Team Player}

come together as one; combine; grow together; join; unite

Resume bullet points: Coalesced previous group of individuals into something more than the sum of the parts

 

resume verbs for job

COLLABORATE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Communication, Cross-Cultural Competency, Self-Manageable, Take Direction, and Work Ethic}

act as a team; assist; cooperate; pool resources; team up; work jointly with; work together

Resume bullet points: Collaborated with hundreds of vendors and suppliers to ensure value chain proposal met all customer needs

 

COMMIT

confide; consign; dedicate; devote to a special task or purpose; entrust; perpetuate; pull off; relegate

fill a future obligation

put an insane or mentally incapable person in charge of another

 Resume bullet points: Committed 100 percent effort to every endeavor

 

COMPLETE

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements, Accountability, Education, Self-Manageable, and Work Ethic}

be done; choate; conclude; entire; finish a task intact; integral; perfect; through; unabridged; uncut; whole; wrap up

 

• Resume bullet points:

Completed twice the organization’s requirement for civic projects annually for five consecutive years

Completed successful branding repositioning by developing new branding platform, logo, and message points that accurately capture and identity organization’s personality, values, and objectives

 

COMPORT

act; agree; behave in a certain way that is proper Collocates to: brilliantly, herself, himself, themselves, with

 Resume bullet points: Comported with professionalism in all business dealings

 

COOPERATE

{also use in Social Intelligence}

act together; agree; associate; co-adjudge; collaborate; social capital; work together for a common purpose

• Resume bullet points: Cooperated with internal auditors to identify cost savings

 

CULTIVATE

{also use in Customer Awareness, Intelligence, Self-Manageable, and Social Intelligence}

develop; encourage; foster; help; nurture; promote; refine; support

tend to; till; work on

• Resume bullet points:Cultivated winning attitude on teams managed

 

Research and Development

CUSTOMIZE

{also use in Creativity and Engineering, Research and Development}

build or fit according to individualized specifications

 

• Resume bullet points: Customized in-house training modules

 

DEDICATE

apply; bestow; devote; donate; give; grant; offer; set apart

commit; consecrate; surrender

• Resume bullet points: Dedicated all efforts to the organization’s mission

 

DEVOTE

{also use in Compassionate}

allocate; allot; apply; bestow; confer; consecrate; dedicate; hallow; lavish

 Resume bullet points: Devoted all personal efforts to accomplishing the organization’s mission

 

EARMARK

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, and Time Management}

allocate; appropriate; assign; allot; set aside; set aside or reserve for special purpose

mark the ears of livestock for special identification set a distinctive mark on

• Resume bullet points: Earmarked the funds for shareholder dividends

Accuracy and Preciseness and Learn

EFFECTUATE

{also use in Accuracy and Preciseness and Learn}

bring about; cause or accomplish something; effect

The new Board of Directors effectuated the rebuilding plan that had been on the table for years.

Collocates to: change, goals, intent, necessity, plans, policy, purpose, resources, standards

 

ELUCBRATE

{also use in Communications}

produce a written work through lengthy, intensive effort

Years of research and thousands of interviews elucbrated the classic work.

 

EMEND

correct or edit; remove faults in a scholarly or literary work; improve

Ronnie emended the year-end report.

 

HUNKER DOWN

{also use in Work Ethic}

become determined not to budge from an opinion or position; circle the wagons; get in defensive position; prepare for bad news or prolonged assault; prepare for siege; protect your boss from outsiders

The campaign committee hunkered down to plan its next strategy.

 

PERSEVERE

{also use in Reliability}

be steadfast in purpose; continue in some effort or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition; persist

New businesses start-ups that persevered during the recession should have long-term survivability.

 

Communication, Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Nonverbal Cues

Communication is the exchange of ideas, thoughts, feelings, information, data, knowledge, and messages by speech, writing, visual depictions, or behavior.

 

ABREACT

{also use in Personal Hygiene and Appearance and Accountability}

release repressed emotions by acting out in words, behavior, or imagination

He abreacted with an emotional dialogue.

 

ACCENTUATE

{also use in Accountability, Accuracy and Preciseness, Attention to Detail, Cognitive Load Management, Leadership, Commitment and Dedication, Creativity, Drive and Passion, Leadership, and Motivated}

  • accent; emphasize; heighten; intensify
  • make more noticeable; play up; stress something
  • mark with an accent

• Resume bullet points: Accentuated the differences between products and the competition

 

ADDRESS

{also use in Attention to Detail and Self-Manageable}

direct one’s attention to; discourse; lecture; speak directly to; remark; talk to

deliver; direct; dispatch; forward; mark with a destination; refer

adopt; attend to; concentrate on; deal with; focus on; take up

 

• Resume bullet points: Addressed long-standing and deep-rooted ineffective system procedures

 

adduce

 

ADDUCE

allege; bring forward; cite as evidence; lead to; present; put forward

• Resume bullet points: Adduced evidence that networking was the most effective job searching tool

 

ADJURE

{also use in Take Direction}

beg; change under oath; renounce under oath; request earnestly

 

ADVERTISE

amplify; brand; broadcast; communicate; disseminate; inform; market; notify; present; promote; publicize; recommend; sell

send paid communications through media channels to audiences that are most likely interested in the product, service, idea, or concept to which the advertising is referring

 

• Resume bullet points: Advertised for new employees through peer networks and frequently found excellent candidates

 

ALLUDE

covert; casually and indirectly refer; indicate; introduce; make an implication; suggest; talk about; touch on

The CEO alluded to the changes in his speech.

 

ANSWER

{also use in Social Intelligence}

come back with; counter; react; reply; respond; rejoin; retort

explain one’s actions or behavior

fulfill; lay to rest; meet; resolve; satisfy; solve 

Resume bullet points: Answered own phone in three rings or less and answered all emails within 24 hours

 

ARTICULATE

{also use in Processional Demeanor}

be eloquent; express; be fluent; communicate; convey; be lucid; put into words; state; tell; verbalize

 

Resume bullet points: Articulated a detailed technology roadmap for wireless Java

 

ASSEVERATE

{also use in Attention to Detail, Cognitive Load Management, and Design Mind-Set}

assert; aver; avouch; avow; declare earnestly or solemnly; hold; maintain

She asseverated eloquently.

 

ATTEST

{also used in Honesty and Integrity}

certify, witness, or swear to

The product claims were attested to by three independent sources.

 

AUTHOR

{also use in Accomplishments and Achievements and Creativity}

create; pen; scribe; source; write

Resume bullet points:

• Authored six books

• Authored paper for publication

 

BANDY ABOUT

discuss casually usually among friends

The political issues were bandied about during the break-in session.

 

BANTER

challenge; joke; mock; poke fun at; ridicule; talk without purpose; tease

The sales team bantered with the accounting team about the viability of some accounts.

 

BLANDISH

cajole; coax; influence; induce or persuade by gentle flattery

Felix blandished Diana with complaints about her recent business success.

 

BLAZON

advertise; proclaim something widely

The new product must be blazoned to get the consumer attention it needs.

 

BLOG

publically accessible personal journal in digital format

weblog

• Resume bullet points:Blogged about industry issues

 

BRAINSTORM

come up with; dream up; devise; generate ideas freely; think; think strategically

• Resume bullet points: Brainstormed solutions with cross-departmental teams

BRAINSTORM

CAJOLE

{also use in Motivated}

blandish; coax; entice; flatter; inveigle; soft-soap; sweet-talk; wheedle

Not all employees respond to positive motivation; some need to be cajoled.

 

CHRONICLE

account; diary; history; narrative; journal; record; register; story

• Resume bullet points:Chronicled the industry’s fight against the piracy of intellectual property

 

COMMUNICATE

be in touch; connect; converse; correspond; convey something; exchange a few words; share; write

• Resume bullet points: Communicated proactively with team members via media to share information, coordinate meeting notes, and help team members with individual assignments

Communicated with ease and confidence

 

COMPOSE

collect; contain; control; cool down; practice; restrain; settle; simmer down

create; incite; produce; write

• Resume bullet points: Composed freelance articles

 

CONCEPTUALIZE

{also use in Communications, Leadership, and Learn}

create an understandable point out of a concept; interpret something from the abstract

The copywriters conceptualized the benefits from the product prototypes.

 

CONSTRUE

analyze something in a certain way; explain; infer or deduce; interpret; translate

It is easy to see how someone could have construed that conclusion from the limited information that was released.

 

CONSULT

ask; check with; confer; consider; discuss; see; seek advice from; sound out; talk things over

check in; look up; refer to; turn to

• Resume bullet points: Consulted and recommended operational improvements

 

CONVEY

{also use in Analytical, Research, and Computational}

conduct; express; lead; make known; pass; put into words

Roberto conveyed the board’s offer to the candidate.

bring; carry; move; take from one place to another; transfer

 

CONVOKE

assemble; call together; convene; summon to a meeting

David convoked a member’s business meeting at the annual conference to challenge the board action.

 

COUNSEL

{also use in Attitude, Compassionate, and Social Intelligence}

advise; deliberate; inform •

 Resume bullet points:Counseled young people on the dangers of misusing social media

DEBATE

DEBATE

argue a point strongly; put forth reasons for or against contest; deliberate; discuss; question

consider; contemplate; deliberate; mediate; ponder; think over; weigh in; wonder

• Resume bullet points: Debated the globalization issue with those seeking to close US markets

 

DELINEATE

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, and HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, Computational}

describe accurately; determine; draw an outline; identify or indicate by marking with precision; fix boundaries; represent something

• Resume bullet points: Delineated the responsibilities and roles of volunteers.

 

DENOTE

announce; designate; indicate; mean; represent; signify; symbolize

This cooperation denotes a third-party affiliation agreement

allude to; convey; express; imply; refer to

 

DEPICT

{also use in Accountability and Cognitive Load Management}

describe; get a picture of; give a picture of; illustrate; picture in words; portray; present a lifelike image; represent; show

The brochure depicted the product in several applications.

 

DIALOGUE

chat; discourse; discuss; hold a conversation; talk

Customers dialogued with marketing representatives by way of a web conference.

 

DISABUSE

correct; enlighten; free one from an incorrect assumption or belief

As Director of Public Relations, I disabused writers and editors of misunderstandings and misconceptions they had of our business.

 

DULCIFY

ease someone’s anger; make pleasant or agreeable; mollify; pacify; sweeten

After the meeting, I dulcified several staff who thought the CEO’s remarks were attacks on them.

 

EARWIG

attempt to influence or insinuate oneself through flattery

Of course, I used every tactic at my disposal; I cajoled, I earwigged, I even pleaded—anything to make the case.

pester with private persuasion and warnings

 

EDIFY

{also use in Cognitive Load Management, Compassionate, Intelligence, Learn, and Social Intelligence}

educate; enlighten; illuminate; improve; inform; instruct; teach uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually

(1), (2) The book edified everyone who read it.

 

EDIT

{also use in Accountability, Attention to Detail, Communications, and Take Directions}

  • alter; correct; revise and make ready prepare a written work for publication by selection, arrangement, and annotation make additions, deletions, or other changes

• Resume bullet points: Edited the company’s monthly newsletter

 

EDUCATE

{also use in Attention to Detail, Intelligence, and Learn}

discipline; edify; inform; impart knowledge; instruct; mentor; teach; train; tutor

develop and train the innate capacities of by schooling or education provide knowledge in a particular area

Educated  vendors regarding what was expected of them in the value chain arrangement

 

ELABORATE

amplify; develop; enlarge; expand on

The field manual elaborated on the procedures covered in the packing instructions.

complex; complicate; convolute; dilate; expatiate on; fancy; intricate; provide detail on

produce by effort develop in great detail; work out carefully

 

ELICIT

bring out; call forth something; extract; obtain

cause to be revealed; draw forth; evoke

(1), (2) The new product elicited a variety of positive and negative responses.

 

Action Words and Verbs for Resume

ELUCBRATE

{also use in Commitment and Dedication}

produce a written work through lengthy, intensive effort

Twenty researchers and five writers elucbrated for five years to produce the guide book.

 

ELUCIDATE

{also use in Accountability, Communication, HARD SKILLS: Analytical, Research, and Computational, Social Intelligence, and Take Direction}

clarify; explain; make something clear; explicate; expose; expound; illuminate; lucid; reveal; throw light on something of interest

The consultant elucidated on the benefits of employing professional guidance.

 

EMBELLISH

adorn; aggrandize; elaborate

adorn with gimcrack or gimmick or gimmickry; decorate or improve by adding detail or ornamentation

improve an account or report of an event by adding factious, imaginary, or audacious details to improve or heighten the acceptance of; touch up

(1), (2), (3) The products were embellished with a lot of things that did not really add much value.