Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Young gun kicks us up the bum!

via kristiancarter.com The top 10 words recruiters love to see on your CV

 

CVs are brilliant. They’re your ticket to a new job, a new client, and a better life. It’s amazing how a little effort on a two page document can transform your life chances so comprehensively.

I’m currently giving my CV a little tone-up (I promise to post it online when I’m done), and I came across a 2005 University of Hertfordshire Psychology Department study into the top words to include on a CV.

Top 10 Words to Include

  • Achievement
  • Active
  • Developed
  • Evidence
  • Experience
  • Impact
  • Individual
  • Involved
  • Planning
  • Transferable Skills

This study is amazing. It’s so hard sometimes to know the ‘right’ thing to say on a CV. It’s not like the normal advice of ‘Just be yourself’ really applies, so to have some hard data about the right words to use is really helpful.

Look at the focus on returns though. “What am I going to get out of hiring this person?” These are great words for demonstrating that.

How many of these are on your CV at the moment? How are you going to include them?

Top 10 words to avoid

  • Always
  • Awful
  • Bad
  • Fault
  • Hate
  • Mistake
  • Never
  • Nothing
  • Panic
  • Problems

These words seem fairly common-sense. What I find really interesting is that “Always” and “Never” made the list – the researchers tended to feel that people who used these words were exaggerating their abilities in some way.

Tips for using these words

Clearly, just using these words is not going to be enough for you. You have to be realistic and link them to real life situations. Use them to show how you’ve really made a difference in your existing roles.

Right now everyone is looking for new hires to add value to their organisation. They’re looking for the outcomes you’re going to bring when they hire you. The money you’re going to bring in. The customers you’re going to serve. What’s your return on investment?

Use these words to complement the overall feel and design of your CV, and show them just what they’re getting with you.

More action words to include

While these words didn’t quite break into the top 10, the researchers thought that these words were pretty useful as well. How many of these do you have?

Accelerated : Accomplished : Achieved : Adapted : Advised : Advocated : Aligned : Allocated : Analysed : Applied : Arbitrated : Arranged : Assessed : Attained : Attracted : Audited : Authored : Awarded.

Balanced : Boosted : Briefed : Broadened : Built : Calculated : Canvassed : Centralised : Chaired : Clarified: Coached : Collaborated : Communicated : Compiled : Completed : Constructed : Contributed : Controlled : Convinced : Coordinated : Created : Cultivated : Customised.

Decreased : Defeated : Defined : Delivered : Demonstrated : Designed : Determined : Developed : Devised : Diagnosed : Differentiated : Directed : Discovered : Disseminated : Distinguished : Diversified : Documented : Doubled : Drafted.

Educated : Eliminated : Enabled : Encouraged : Enforced : Engineered : Enhanced : Enjoyed : Enlarged : Enriched : Ensured : Equipped : Established : Evaluated : Examined : Exhibited : Expanded : Experimented : Explained : Explored : Extended.

Facilitated : Filtered : Finalised : Fine-tuned : Fixed : Focused : Forecast : Formulated : Fortified : Founded.

Generated : Guided.

Handled: Harmonised : Headed : Helped : Highlighted.

Identified : Illustrated : Implemented : Improved : Incorporated : Increased : Influenced : Initiated : Innovated : Inspired : Instigated : Integrated : Introduced : Invested : Investigated.

Launched : Led : Liaised : Located.

Managed : Marketed : Maximised : Mediated : Mentored : Minimised : Mobilised : Modernised : Modified : Monitored : Motivated.

Navigated : Negotiated : Nurtured.

Operated : Orchestrated : Organised : Originated : Outlined : Overcame : Overhauled : Oversaw.

Persuaded : Piloted : Pinpointed : Pioneered : Planned : Prepared : Presented : Prioritised : Promoted : Proved : Publicised : Published.

Qualified.

Raised : Ran : Recommended : Reconciled : Recruited : Rectified : Reduced : Refined : Regulated : Rehabilitated : Reinforced : Renewed : Reorganised : Repaired : Replaced : Researched : Reshaped : Resolved : Restored : Retained : Revamped : Reviewed : Revitalised.

Saved : Scheduled : Secured : Selected : Set Goals : Set Up : Shaped : Shared : Simplified : Sold : Solved : Sorted : Spear-headed : Specialised : Standardised : Straightened : Stream-lined : Structured : Summarised : Supervised : Supported : Surpassed.

Taught : Tested : Trained : Transformed.

Uncovered : Unified : Updated : Upgraded : Utilised.

Validated : Verified : Visualised : Volunteered.

Won : Wrote.

Love to get your comments

Are you working on your CV at the moment? How’s that going for you? Which words have you found that work for you?

We love Kristian's get out there enthusiam and hope you find some inspiration in his article too!

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