Describing what you did – verbs to use on CVs and application forms

When writing an application or CV, do you find yourself using the same words and phrases again and again? Read our list below to find other ways to talk about your responsibilites and the skills you used…
accounting
adapting
adjusting
administering
advertising
advising
advocating
allocating
amending
analysing
answering
anticipating
approving
arbitrating
arranging
ascertaining
assembling
assessing
assigning
auditing
authorising
bargaining
bidding
briefing
budgeting
building
buying
calculating
calibrating
cataloguing
categorising
chairing
challenging
championing
changing
charting
checking
choosing
clarifying
classifying
coaching
coding
collaborating
collating
collecting
comforting
commanding
commencing
commissioning
communicating
comparing
competing
compiling
completing
composing
computing
conceiving
conceptualising
conferring
configuring
confronting
connecting
conserving
consolidating
constructing
consulting
contacting
controlling
converting
conveying
convincing
cooperating
coordinating
correcting
correlating
counselling
creating
critiquing
customising
debating
deciding
defending
defining
delegating
demonstrating
deriving
describing
designing
detecting
determining
developing
devising
diagnosing
directing
discovering
discussing
displaying
documenting
drafting
drawing
economising
editing
educating
eliciting
empowering
enabling
encouraging
enforcing
enhancing
enlisting
entertaining
establishing
estimating
evaluating
examining
exhibiting
experimenting
explaining
exploring
expressing
extrapolating
facilitating
fashioning
filtering
finalising
finding
forecasting
formulating
fostering
gathering
gauging
generating
governing
greeting
guiding
hosting
hypothesising
identifying
implementing
improving
improvising
incorporating
indexing
influencing
informing
initiating
innovating
inspecting
inspiring
installing
instituting
instructing
integrating
interacting
interceding
interpreting
interviewing
introducing
inventing
investing
investigating
involving
itemising
judging
justifying
launching
leading
learning
lecturing
linking
listening
lobbying
locating
logging
maintaining
managing
manipulating
mapping
marketing
measuring
mediating
memorising
mentoring
meeting
merging
mobilising
modelling
moderating
modifying
monitoring
motivating
navigating
negotiating
noticing
nurturing
nursing
observing
obtaining
offering
officiating
operating
optimising
orchestrating
organising
outlining
overcoming
overhauling
overseeing
perceiving
perfecting
performing
persevering
persisting
persuading
pioneering
planning
predicting
preparing
presenting
preserving
presiding
prioritising
processing
producing
profiling
programming
promoting
proofreading
proposing
protecting
proving
publicising
purchasing
quantifying
querying
questioning
rallying
ranking
rating
reading
rearranging
reasoning
recognising
recommending
reconciling
recording
recruiting
referring
refining
regulating
rehabilitating
reorganising
repairing
reporting
representing
rescuing
researching
resolving
responding
reviewing
revising
risking
salvaging
scheduling
screening
scripting
scrutinising
searching
selecting
selling
simplifying
simulating
soliciting
solving
sourcing
spearheading
specifying
speculating
standardising
structuring
studying
suggesting
summarising
supervising
synthesising
teaching
tendering
tending
testing
theorising
tracing
training
transforming
translating
troubleshooting
tuning
tutoring
uncovering
understanding
underwriting
unearthing
unifying
uniting
updating
upholding
urging
utilising
validating
valuing
verbalising
verifying
visualising
weighing
winning
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