15 of the BEST words to include in your CV

We recently revealed the 17 words that recruiters HATE reading on your CV, so now it’s time to look at 15 of the BEST words to include in your resume, and why.

If you look at your CV and it’s filled with adjectives, stop and think of verbs that demonstrate the actions you have taken. For example, if you wrote that you are a ‘team player’, you could instead use the word ‘collaborated’ or ‘resolved’ in relation to the action you took as a team player to achieve the team goal. If you want to describe yourself as a ‘go-to’ person, you could write that you ‘trained’ or ‘mentored’ a specific group of people in regards to the go-to topic instead.

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Replacing adjectives with numbers is also a good way to make your experience clear. Pretend that you are being cross-examined by a lawyer who is challenging you to provide evidence. The answer you would give to that lawyer is what goes on your resume – clear and factual. For example, ‘Increased social media revenue by 47%’.

It’s a good idea to list facts in the form of a task, starting with an action verb. For example, ‘Implemented online filing system’ or ‘Mentored undergraduate students studying biology’. This helps your actions stand out and keeps your resume succinct and demonstrates that you are dynamic, without needing to say so.

Here’s a list of 15 of the best words to include in your CV:

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Trained/Mentored
  • Managed
  • Created
  • Resolved
  • Volunteered
  • Influenced
  • Increased/Decreased
  • Ideas
  • Negotiated
  • Launched
  • Revenue/Profits
  • Under budget
  • Won

Extra tip: Once you are chosen for an interview, they will most likely ask you to elaborate on any task or fact that you claim on your resume, so it’s a good idea to jot down examples while you’re putting your CV together!

About the Author

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Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is an AHPRA registered psychologist, living in Sydney. She has dedicated a big chunk of her life to helping students improve their academic performance and increase their enjoyment of it. Alessandra has counselled students at Boston University, Tufts University, local schools and academies in Boston, and hospitals in Rome and Boston. She collaborated more locally with students from the Queensland Academy of Sport and the University of Southern Queensland and continues to counsel local and international students in Sydney, where she lives with her husband and two kids. In high school, she was voted ‘Most likely to be a college bum’…that was before completing a Bachelor’s degree, two Master’s degrees and obtaining a scholarship to complete her Doctorate degree.

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