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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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