Action Verbs in Professional Writing
Overview: Action verbs enliven sentences and promote concise writing. Use action verbs throughout your resume and cover letters to highlight your achievements. Use action verbs in business letters and memos to keep your readers' interest.
Passive Verb: Was in charge of new advertising campaign. (7 words)
Active Verb: Directed new advertising campaign. (4 words)
Cover Letter Example
Passive Verb: I was able to contribute my skills to improve the company's website. (12 words)
Active Verb: I re-designed the company's website. (5 words)
Passive Verb: It is not feasible to lower the thermostat from 68 degrees on weeknights because many staff members work late. (18 words)
Active Verb: The thermostat remains at 68 degrees on weeknights because many staff members work late. (13 words)
Categorized List of Action Verbs
Ten in each category. Of course, many others exist.
The Writing Lab & OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. (2008) Action
Verb to Describe Skills, Jobs, and Accomplishments in
WriteExpress.com (2008) Action Verbs.