How to transform your CV with the language you use


When writing your CV, there are lots to consider including the layout, structure, content, font and style. Even more important, however, is the language you use. Your CV should be a positive reflection of your work, education and achievements. The hiring manager or recruiter should come away with a strong sense of who you are as a person and what you’re capable of. And it’s the language you use that will get that message across or not. If you’re not using your computer’s thesaurus much, start right now. Here are some key language aspects to consider when writing your CV:

1. Be positive
For a CV to be a positive reflection of what you’ve done, it needs to sound positive. Sprinkle words that engender positive emotions throughout your CV such as confident, enthusiastic, welcomed, keen, interested, willing and of course positively.

2. Smarten up your personal descriptors
Make sure you know what your specific attributes are and then look up brilliant synonyms (words with the same meaning) for each of those adjectives. Go back to the job description for inspiration on how to describe yourself. Examples include: passionate, adaptable, resilient and resourceful.

3. Avoid filler words
Every word in your CV needs to be there for a reason. If it’s not performing a useful purpose, remove it if possible. Words such as ‘my’, ‘this’ and ‘that’ should be used sparingly. Edit your CV ruthlessly and become an expert at saying as much as you can in as few words as possible.

4. Use powerful action words
Breathe energy into your CV by using powerful action words. Rather than ‘did’, ‘led’ and ‘made’, use ‘operated’, ‘coordinated’, ‘engaged’, ‘performed’ and ‘formulated’. Again, look up interesting synonyms for every verb you want to be impactful.

In short, every word on your CV should be working hard to get you noticed. Always remember to be positive, use plenty of adjectives as well as action words and cut out the filler words.

Source: HN Global