Resume Synonyms for Worked

Want another word for Worked 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, "Worked".

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Author: Emma Berry-Robinson
Senior Hiring Manager
19+ Years of Experience

People with experience in the field are more likely to succeed in the workplace—they've already proven capable of doing their job, so hiring managers can trust them to do well in their new positions. If you have relevant experience and can be relied on to get things done, the word 'Worked' signifies that.

The term 'worked' in your resume indicates reliability, a desirable trait for many types of jobs. Even so, it doesn't tell the recruiter anything about what you actually did or how it went. It's an action, but not one that conveys any information.

When describing your experience to a hiring manager, you want to be as specific as possible—think about what you did and use power verbs to describe those actions. A better word for 'Worked' that does that would be 'Capitalized,' 'Amplified,' or 'Advanced.'

This will give the recruiter or hiring manager a better sense of what your work was like and what kind of results you were able to produce.

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

Resume Synonyms for Worked:

  • Compiled
  • Formulated
  • Pursued
  • Implemented
  • Operated
  • Applied
  • Adopted
  • Managed
  • Achieved
  • Capitalized
  • Amplified
  • Advanced
  • Boosted
  • Consolidated
  • Enhanced
  • Delivered
  • Expanded
  • Expedited
  • Furthered
  • Targeted

How to replace Worked with a stronger action verb:

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

Before: Weak example using Worked

Worked on improving processes and reducing the number of customer support calls

After: Using a stronger synonymImplemented crash reporter and used results to fix three biggest causes of crashes, leading to a 45 percent reduction in customer support calls.

Replacing Worked with Administered

Before: Worked

Worked on the planning of company events

After: AdministeredAdministered company events that resulted in increased team cohesion and a 15% improvement in employee satisfaction scores

As a hiring manager, I prefer specifics and quantifiable results. The 'after' version not only uses a stronger action verb, 'Administered', but also demonstrates a direct impact - improved employee 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 Worked.


More resume bullet point samples that use strong synonyms

How to use Analyzed on a resume:

Analyzed company's 24-month sales results to develop five-year monthly projections by revenue and customer type.

How to use Managed on a resume:

Managed a 10-member cross-functional (engineering, product, sales, support) team and coordinated with five business partners towards the successful launch of an e-commerce website.

How to use Generated on a resume:

Generated 12,000 unique users, 30,000 page views, and 2000+ newsletter signups in 3 weeks by successfully leveraging social media advertising (Facebook and Instagram).

How to use Performed on a resume:

Performed DCF analysis to evaluate offers for company's sell-side process; qualitative offer comparison and quantitative model outputs were shared directly with client's senior management team.

How to use Conducted on a resume:

Conducted sector research in TMT space through expert interviews, market reports, and engagement with external advisors; created sector map of big data analytics space; prepared recommendations on attractiveness and feasibility on 6+ prospects.

How to use Optimized on a resume:

Optimized budget allocation of the increased marketing spend of $10MM across 5 cities.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for Worked on a resume?

Below are some alternative words and synonyms to add to your resume instead of Worked:

  • Applied
  • Amplified
  • Enhanced
  • Advanced
  • Boosted
  • Capitalized

What are other words for Worked on a resume?

If you're looking for another word to use in place of Worked, consider using one of these stronger alternatives:

  • Consolidated
  • Compiled
  • Operated
  • Adopted
  • Pursued
  • Expedited

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