Your CV needs to have the right keywords that will make you stand out from the crowd. The best thing you can do with your CV before you send it to employers is to proofread and double-check the content. You should do this not only to make sure it’s grammar or error-free but also to ensure that it provides the buzzwords that employers want to see.
Using the correct keywords not only makes your CV easy for recruiters to scan, it makes it easily searchable online and also more likely to pass the Applicant Tracking Systems being used by many companies now.
We have compiled a list of the best buzzwords to include in your CV.
Managing projects is an important skill in any corporate role, and it might be good to refer to a couple of real-life examples that show evidence of that. If these action verbs are used effectively, they can highlight your decision making and leadership abilities.
Coming up with ideas/Creativity
Think about how creative you were in your last job when you had to work in a group or individually. Were your ideas practical, useful and easy-to-implement? Show your brainstorming abilities using these words.
If your last job had anything to do with research, you can talk about anything that has to do with investigating and exploring. Just skip the part where you say ‘responsible for’ – this phrase is overused, and employers are tired of seeing it on CVs.
Helping the company to save time/money
While they want to get to know you through your CV, employers are more interested in getting to know what you can do for them. With these powerful words, you can describe what you did for your last boss and give some hints about what you can do for them.
Evidence of work performance
When talking about how you performed in your last job, employers are interested to hear how you managed time and available resources.This is to do with productivity and efficiency, and you should prepare some sentences that explain how you managed to improve business profits or anything else you have done for the company that’s worth mentioning in your CV.
Evidence of contribution
Ideal for when you are talking about a change that you suggested, an improvement you have made in a certain area of work that wasn’t operating in the way that was expected or delivering to standard.This should be something big, and it’s good to use these buzzwords alongside quantified examples to make a bigger impact.
Managing a team
If you are applying for a management role, you should use words that show what you have done to ‘lead’ and ‘manage’ a team. Instead of using these two – which are the most common and obvious ones, try the following:
If you are describing a situation where you had to work externally to come up with new partners or find other businesses that would help the company tap into new resources or get more funding, use these power words:
It’s important to know how you work with clients because what you do and how you handle requests reflects the company itself. On your CV you have to show how you are meeting the needs of the customers, and to what extent did you manage to do what was required of you.
For example, did you have to take initiative? Use these words to show your contribution to the company and the dedication you showed to customers in your previous roles.
Communicating with others
Everyone is different and communicates differently. Showing how you managed to do that effectively in your previous role starts with using a variety of action words that although have pretty much the same meaning, can add more variety to your CV. Use the following words to describe the different forms of communication including writing, speaking, lobbying and presenting.
Leading a group
Employers prefer to hire people who are born leaders. Leadership can be expressed in many different ways, though the best way to do is to use any of these buzzwords:
These are more general words and probably the ones you will find useful because they can describe a range of situations and activities that you were involved with in your previous roles. Consider using these to make a bigger impact and emphasise how successful you were while on the job.
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It’s important to note that recruiters look for evidence of words like detail orientated in actions rather than the meaningless phrase.
You need to use these words in sentences that explain how you have applied your skills.
Are you using enough of these buzzwords in your CV? Let us know in the comments section below…