Resume Synonyms for Build

Want another word for Build to use on your resume? Our team's compiled the most effective action verbs and synonyms you can use instead of the overused resume phrase, "Build".

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Compiled by: Kimberley Tyler-Smith
Senior Hiring Manager
20+ Years of Experience

One of the best ways to grab a recruiter's attention is by demonstrating your diverse skill set. The verb 'build' is excellent for emphasizing your skills, as it encompasses many types of work. For example, engineers use 'build' to discuss their work building new products and services. Managers can use it to describe how they helped build up teams and projects.

Employers look for employees who can create something from nothing or develop an idea into a better version of itself—which the verb 'build' signifies. But don't mistake using this word too many times in your resume—this can make you sound repetitive and unprofessional. That's why it's important to use synonyms. Also, you should use past tense ('built') instead of present tense verbs when describing past accomplishments.

To get the most out of your resume, look at the verbs that are already in your resume and see if there are ways you can substitute them with synonyms. For example, you can change 'build' to other words like 'designed,' 'engineered,' or 'innovated.'

You can make your resume more engaging by using synonyms to break up the monotony of its structure and draw the reader's eye to important keywords.

I've compiled some synonyms you can use instead of Build on your resume, followed by real examples I've written for clients (feel free to use them!).

Resume Synonyms for Build:

  • Innovated
  • Drafted
  • Conceptualized
  • Established
  • Planned
  • Set up
  • Devised
  • Designed
  • Structured
  • Adapted
  • Coded
  • Constructed
  • Engineered
  • Introduced
  • Kick-started
  • Launched
  • Sketched
  • Wrote
  • Customized
  • Integrated

How to replace Build with a stronger action verb:

Let's look at examples of how you can remove and replace the overused phrase, Build, with a stronger synonym and alternative that is more effective at highlighting your achievements.

Before: Weak example using Build

Built an online portal for employees

After: Using a stronger synonymCreated an online learning portal for 1.5K employees to access training materials, improving employee retention rates by 90%. .

Replacing Build with Engineered

Before: Build

Built an efficient sales operation

After: EngineeredEngineered a streamlined sales operation that increased annual sales by 15%, reaching over $10M for the first time in company history.

As a hiring manager, I want to see actual results from your work. Instead of saying you just 'built' something, 'engineered' is a much more powerful and detailed verb that shows you didn't just create, but improved efficiency. The addition of specific metrics also gives a better picture of the outcomes.

Tip: I've prepared a ton of additional examples for you to give you inspiration. Please click on any of the following to expand and see real examples of how I've rewritten client bullet points.

How to use these synonyms in practice

We've put together an infographic to give you more examples of how to put this into practice. Note the use of strong action verbs instead of words like Build.

More resume bullet point samples that use strong synonyms

How to use Developed on a resume:

Developed turnaround strategy for leading telecoms provider with annual losses of $50MM; resulted in 10% increase in revenue, or $5MM profit in first year.

How to use Analyzed on a resume:

Analyzed impact and effectiveness of in-app UI changes on customer retention; identified features of customer behavior and recommended additional menu modifications [R, MySQL, Chart JS].

How to use Assessed on a resume:

Assessed capacity risks and developed an operating cost model of a $100MM supplier for a private equity client, highlighting $4-6MM potential savings opportunities.

How to use Designed on a resume:

Designed and implemented an automated system for processing employee timesheets, eliminating the need for manual handwritten timesheets and resulted in a 10/hr per week time saving.

How to use Promoted on a resume:

Promoted to Associate Consultant in 2 years (1 year in advance); the only member in a cohort of 45 Analysts to be fast-tracked.

How to use Managed on a resume:

Managed team of four analysts to prepare training and proposal materials for strategic development of relationship with client.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for Build on a resume?

Here are some synonyms for commonly repeated words, like Build, I see on resumes:

  • Launched
  • Sketched
  • Engineered
  • Structured
  • Conceptualized
  • Devised

What can I say instead of Build on a resume?

You can say Adapted, Conceptualized or Innovated instead of Build.

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