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Creativity
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Leadership
Organization
Problem Solving
Teamwork
Other Action Verbs to Consider

Analytical

analyzed deliberated integrated rated


ascertained determined investigated recommended
assessed devised justified researched
compared diagnosed measured scrutinized
computed estimated negotiated studied
conceptualized evaluated prescribed substantiated
concluded examined prioritized synthesized
confirmed forecasted projected validated
critiqued formulated questioned verified
deciphered

Communication

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addressed composed interpreted queried
apprised convinced lectured reported
arbitrated corresponded marketed spoke
attested drafted persuaded summarized
authored edited presented translated
clarified explained promoted wrote
communicated informed publicized

Creativity

brainstormed engineered illustrated shaped


constructed envisioned produced visualized
designed fabricated

Flexibility

accommodated altered converted improvised


adapted amended grew tailored
adjusted balanced

Initiative

accelerated dedicated innovated overhauled


accomplished demonstrated inspired pioneered
achieved enriched introduced revamped
acquired established launched revised
advanced expanded minimized spearheaded
bolstered expedited mobilized stimulated
boosted implemented modernized suggested
built improved modified updated
coordinated increased multiplied upgraded
created initiated

Leadership

administered delegated enhanced led


advised designated facilitated moderated
allocated directed fostered monitored
allowed educated founded motivated
appointed elicited guided officiated
approved employed hired recruited
assigned empowered influenced sanctioned
authorized enabled instructed supervised
chaired encouraged interviewed trained
coached endorsed judged
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Organization

arranged classified linked purchased


assembled collected orchestrated recorded
budgeted compiled organized regulated
calculated consolidated oriented scheduled
catalogued correlated planned systematized
centralized indexed processed tabulated
charted

Problem Solving

aided extracted rectified restored


alleviated finalized reduced retrieved
ameliorated fulfilled refined revitalized
augmented generated reformed revived
counseled identified rehabilitated settled
customized interceded reinforced solicited
debugged invented rejuvenated solved
eased lightened relieved streamlined
elevated polished remedied strengthened
enlarged procured remodeled supplemented
extended reconciled repaired transformed

Teamwork

assisted contributed mediated partnered


collaborated cooperated participated

Other Action Verbs to Consider

acted disbursed issued secured


activated dispatched licensed served
added displayed maintained set
admitted enlisted operated smoothed
apportioned excelled performed sought
appraised executed prepared specified
approximated exercised programmed submitted
attained familiarized realized surveyed
audited figured related sustained
certified guaranteed reserved traced
commissioned indicated reviewed transacted
committed instituted satisfied transmitted
consented involved screened valued
contracted
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