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Killer Words For Your CV
Use the right words to deliver a knock out punch with your CV
Before reading this page you should already have the outline of your ideal CV. You have the structure correct and you have excellent content. Now review the content to weed out the weak words and replace them with the words in the lists below.
Using these words will raise the impact of your CV. They add dynamism and action and bring your sentences to life.
The sets of words have been carefully chosen. Your CV should be full of examples of where you've communicated your ideas and plans, where you've sorted out problems for your boss and your customers, where you've set things up from scratch or made an existing product or situation better, and where you have produced an output and successfully managed your tasks from start to finish.
Now re-read your CV and replace the stock phrases using words that have impact!
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High Impact Words Add Focus To Your CV
Update your CV and apply relevant words to make it more appealing
addressed, advised, arbitrated, corresponded, drafted, demonstrated, edited, interviewed, motivated, mediated, represented, negotiated, persuaded, proposed, presented, publicised, organised, illustrated, instructed, led, controlled, liaised, co-ordinated, marketed, recommended, counselled, recruited, reconciled, won over
analysed, collated, co-ordinated, eliminated, investigated, arranged, transformed, assessed, evaluated, scheduled, budgeted, identified, verified, classified, controlled, edited, solved, converted
assembled, fabricated, composed, devised, engineered, initiated, led, prepared, instituted, produced, introduced, originated, designed, pioneered, developed, planned.
broadened, decreased, eliminated, minimised, refined, strengthened, combined, developed, expanded, modernised, reorganised, repaired, remodelled, overhauled, serviced, transformed, consolidated, devised, improved, recommended, solved, edited, reduced, revised, streamlined.
delivered, launched, provided, despatched, presented, served, distributed, processed, expanded, produced, generated.
collected, critiqued, defined, diagnosed, evaluated, extracted, identified, inspected, investigated, summarised, surveyed
administered, assigned, attained, allocated, analysed, appraised, chaired, balanced, budgeted, delegated, represented, approved, directed, executed, organised, audited, forecasated, oversaw, supervised, conducted, controlled, led, co-ordinated
conceived, created, designed, developed, fashioned, formed, invented, originated, shaped
advised, coached, enabled, encouraged, facilitated, guided, infomed, instructed, persuiaded, motivated, stimulated, trained
ability, accelerated, considerable, completed, achieved, authored, active, consistently, capacity, ensured, effective, proficient, responsible, technical, versatile, qualified, key, spearheaded, comprehensive, resourceful, successfully
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Use The Active Voice To Add Impact
The active voice indicates what YOU did, not what was done to something else by you.
For example: "I implemented a $5M business change programme" (active), sounds so much better than "A $5M business change programme was implemented by me" (passive).
Another example: "I increased sales by $40M" (active), compared with "Sales were increased by $40M by me" (passive)
The key here is to review your sentences and if you see the danger words "was" or "were" then you need to look at changing those sentences to be active.
Take a look at this A to Z of verbs that you can use in the active voice. Review your CV draft and look to see where you can change every passive sentence to an active one, and where you can use more precise words like these:
A: abstracted, achieved, acquired, acted, adapted, addressed, administered, advertised, advised, advocated, aided, allocated, analysed, answered, anticipated, applied, appraised, approved, arranged, ascertained, assembled, assessed, assisted, attained, audited, augmented, authored
B: bolstered, briefed, brought, budgeted, built
C: calculated, cared, charged, chartered, checked, clarified, classified, coached, collaborated, collected, comforted, communicated, compared, completed, complied, composed, computed, conceived, conducted, conserved, consulted, contracted, conributed, converted, cooperated, coordinated, copied, correlated, counselled, created, critiqued, cultivated
D: dealt, debated, decided, defined, dlegated, delivered, designed, detected, determined, developed, devised, diagnosed, directed, discovered, discriminated, dispatched, displayed, dissected, documented, drafted, drove
E: edited, eliminated, empathised, emabled, enforced, enlightened, enlisted, ensured, established, estimated, evaluated, examined, exceeded, excelled, expanded, expedited, experimented, explained, explored, expressed, extracted
F: facilitated, fashioned, financed, fixed, followed, formulated, fostered, founded
G: gained, gathered, gave, generated, goverened, guided
H: handled, headed, helped
I: identified, illustrated, imagined, implemented, improved, improvised, inaugurated, increased, indexed, indicated, influenced, initiated, inspected, instituted, integrated, interpreted, interviewed, introduced, invented, inventoried, investigated
L: launched, learned, lectured, led, lifted, listened, located, logged
M: made, maintained, managed, manipulated, mapped, mastered, maximised, mediated, memorised, mentored, met, minimised, modelled, modified, monitored
N: narrated, negotiated
O: observed, obtained, offered, operated, ordered, organised, originated, overcame, oversaw
P: participated, perceived, perfected, performed, persuaded, planned, practiced, predicted, prepared, presented, prioritised, produced, programmed, projected, promoted, proposed, protected, proved, provided, publicised, published, purchased
Q: queried, questioned
R: raised, ran, ranked, rationalised, read, reasoned, recorded, received, reduced, referred, related, relied, reported, researched, responded, restored, revamped, reviewed
S: scanned, scheduled, schemed, screened, set goals, shaped, skilled, solicated, solved, specialised, spoke, stimulated, strategised, streamlined, strengthened, stressed, studied, substantiated, succeeded, summarised, synthesised, supervised, supported, surveyed, sustained, symbolised
T: tabulated, talked, taught, theorised, trained, translated
U: upgraded, utilised
V: validated, verified, visualised
W: won, wrote