10 words to include in your CV

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Recruiters and hiring managers will often spend less than 30 seconds reviewing your CV which is why you have to grab their attention and encourage them to want to find out more about you and invite you to an interview.



One way to do this is to make use of ‘action’ words, words that explain exactly what you achieved throughout your career. It’s even better if you can quantify these achievements as much as possible in terms of time and cost savings as well as improvements in efficiency.

The findings from a recent survey by CareerBuilder, highlighted the following as being the top 10 words that employers who responded to the survey like to see:


  1. Achieved: 52%
  2. Improved: 48%
  3. Trained/Mentored: 47%
  4. Managed: 44%
  5. Created: 43%
  6. Resolved: 40%
  7. Volunteered: 35%
  8. Influenced: 29%
  9. Increased/Decreased: 28%
  10. Ideas: 27%

Go and check your CV now to see how many of these words appear in it – not happy with what you see?

Then contact me to find out how I can help you create a CV that will get read and increase your chance of being invited for an interview.

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Anne Galloway is the Careers Consultant for those who want to put the fun and passion back into their working week. Find out how Anne can help you along your path to career success at www.power-to-change.eu


I am a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, Employment Interview Consultant, and Career Coach and it is my aim to help ambitious and motivated people like you become fully empowered to get the job you want.