100 Action Verbs To Avoid On Your Resume

By now, most people know the value of action verbs for energising a resume. But be careful – not all action verbs are created equally.

While there are plenty of guides that list action verbs to use, they never bother to tell you the action verbs to avoid. Below, we offer a list of 100 action verbs to avoid on your resume.

 Abandoned             Absconded            Angered
 Arrested                 Bankrupted            Blocked
 Blundered               Botched                Broke
 Bungled                  Busted                  Cancelled
 Closed                    Clowned                Complicated
 Compromised          Consumed             Crippled
 Defrauded                Degenerated          Delayed
 Demoralized            Derailed                 Destabilized
 Destroyed               Discouraged           Disobeyed
 Disrupted                Dissolved                Distorted
 Dropped                  Embarrassed          Enraged
 Erred                      Exaggerated           Failed
 Followed                 Fouled                    Frustrated
 Fractured                Flustered                Goofed
 Help up                   Hesitated                Humiliated
 Ignored                   Incapacitated          Indicted
 Infuriated                Instigated               Jailed
 Lied                       Liquidated               Lollygagged
 Mangled                 Misguided               Misbehaved
 Miscalculated         Misfiled                   Misidentified
 Missed                   Misstated                Mistook
 Muffed                   Neglected                Over-calculated
 Overestimated        Overlooked              Pissed off
 Postponed              Ravaged                 Robbed
 Rumored                 Ruined                   Scared
 Screwed up             Shredded               Sidelined
 Slept                      Slowed                   Sneaked
 Stalled                   Stole                      Subverted
 Sued                      Ticked off               Underestimated
 Undermined            Vilified                   Violated
 Wasted                  Wavered                 Weakened
 Withheld                Wrecked                 Zapped

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