Resume Synonyms for Built

Want another word for Built 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, "Built".

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

A resume should highlight your accomplishments and show a recruiter why you're the best fit for the position. This makes the word 'built' perfect for your resume—it's a power verb that communicates a strong sense of accomplishment and skill. When recruiters read 'built,' they know that the applicant took an idea from concept to fulfillment and was able to create value out of nothing.

To ensure that your resume is well-written, you should avoid using the same word repeatedly, as it makes your resume sound like an echo chamber. It's a good idea to use synonyms to give your resume variety and depth and make it easier for the reader to understand.

To illustrate, if you're listing a project where you created a new system for your company, don't just say 'Built.' Instead, try saying something like: 'Devised a new system' or 'Programmed a new system.' You'll get across the same idea but with more clarity and precision.

Using synonyms makes your resume more varied and engaging. It also helps emphasize specific elements of what you did—for example, by using 'engineered' instead of 'built,' it draws attention to how well-thought-out the resulting product was.

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

Resume Synonyms for Built:

  • Confected
  • Invented
  • Constructed
  • Coded
  • Programmed
  • Erected
  • Fabricated
  • Forged
  • Framed
  • Manufactured
  • Molded
  • Innovated
  • Constituted
  • Devised
  • Concocted
  • Improvised
  • Conceived
  • Engineered
  • Structured
  • Raised

How to replace Built with a stronger action verb:

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

Before: Weak example using Built

Built machine learning algorithms to improve app engagement

After: Using a stronger synonymSpearheaded the use of hypothesis testing, segmentation analysis, & machine learning algorithms reducing signup drop-offs from 60% to 10% as well as increasing user engagement by 45%. .

Replacing Built with Formulated

Before: Built

Built a new customer relationship management model

After: FormulatedFormulated a new CRM model that led to a 25% increase in sales and a 40% boost in customer satisfaction within 6 months

Instead of saying merely 'Built', which is quite vague, I used 'Formulated', which conveys planning and precise execution. I also went with tangible improvements - the changes in sales and customer satisfaction.

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 Built.

More resume bullet point samples that use strong synonyms

How to use Managed on a resume:

Managed international stakeholders in India, United Kingdom and Hong Kong by hosting daily standups and coordinating weekly status reports.

How to use Selected on a resume:

Selected as a case interviewer for analyst candidates (usually reserved for Senior Consultant+ level).

How to use Reduced on a resume:

Reduced signup drop-offs from 65% to 15%, increased user-engagement by 40%, and boosted content generation by 15%, through a combination of user interviews and A/B-testing-driven product flow optimization.

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 Launched on a resume:

Launched Miami office with lead Director and recruited and managed new team of 10 employees. Grew office revenue by 200% in first nine months (representing 20% of company revenue).

How to use Performed on a resume:

Performed financial analysis to evaluate public and private financing alternatives to strengthen client's balance sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for Built on a resume?

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

  • Raised
  • Concocted
  • Erected
  • Fabricated
  • Coded
  • Framed

What can I use instead of Built on a resume?

You should vary up your language on your resume, instead of using Built over and over again. Good synonyms to use instead include:

  • Improvised
  • Fabricated
  • Conceived
  • Constructed
  • Forged
  • Constituted

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