They’re only words, but that’s all you’ve got…
They say a picture paints a thousand words.
But you probably wouldn’t want to submit a drawing as your CV.
So it’s pretty important you get those thousand or so words right – and make sure you include those vital ones that can make all the difference.
Because in the minds of HR managers not all words are created equal.
Recruiters will often make a judgement call on a CV in seconds, consigning your hard work to the rubbish bin or passing it to the next stage based on a few stand out phrases.
Action words, industry specific words and positive phrasing can make all the difference.
Employers want to see evidence candidates can offer them something special and that they have proven achievements in their background.
Power words such as ‘managed,’ ‘developed,’ ‘led,’ and ‘implemented’ can help provide a strong first impression.
Tailoring your CV to the job you are applying for is also important. Generic CVs used for every application can be off-putting to recruiters or contain sections which are irrelevant to the job in question.
Ensure you are using words specific to the job you are applying for. Correctly used jargon and acronyms can prove you know your field.
Of course, with both these techniques it is vital you know what you are talking about and that you have the content and experience to back up what you are saying. It could also be counter-productive to use impressive industry jargon which you know nothing about when questioned in an interview.
Remember, recruiters can spot a bluffer and a CV crammed with clichés can make painful reading. If you need a hint as to the words and phrases employers are looking for then look no further than the job advertisement. It will show you the criteria your prospective new bosses are looking for and the terminology they like to use. If you use words the employer uses then you stand a much better chance of your CV passing the ‘glance test’.
It is also important to remain positive and avoid any negative language.
Problems should be challenges, previous employers talked about positively and skills highlighted rather than weaknesses.
Now get writing that picture of yourself.