Action Verbs for CVs, Cover Letters and Application Forms
Some Common & Useful Action Verbs
Using precise and positive verbs in a CV or in an application form can give it additional impact and make a stronger impression on potential employers.
A simple way to begin building action verb statements is to first write your experiences in complete sentences beginning with the pronoun ‘I’. Then, drop the pronoun ‘I’ and use action verbs to provide more details. For example:
- ‘For my final-year project, I did a survey about teachers’ and students’ attitudes to material available in a self-learning centre.’ ⇒ ‘Devised and prepared a survey of teachers’ and students’ attitudes to material available in a self-learning centre for my final-year project.’
- I made a database to keep the data. ⇒ ‘Created a database to analyse and interpret this material.’