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The Best Words to Use in your CV

Avoid the negatives
Since a CV is all about selling you to a potential employer, this one may seem pretty obvious. However, the reality is that many candidates let themselves down through negative words, phrases and statements on their CV. Put a positive spin on negative things  e.g. describe “problems” as “challenges” ; don’t be dismissive or derogatory about previous employers ; don’t quantify your skills as being “limited” or “minimal”. Think of the positive and relevant skills that you can highlight instead of drawing attention to potential weaknesses or shortcomings.

Monitor the key words
It’s quite easy to grab a thesaurus and fill your CV with all the words that you think the employer would want to hear. However, nothing could be further from the truth. A recruiter can easily spot the bluffer. If your CV is filled with buzz words and clichés, it actually can do more harm than good. Firstly, it can make for pretty cringeworthy reading, but secondly it may seem like you are using them to make up for lack of real content. If you really are a worthy candidate for the role, you won’t need to use all the buzz words and spin to be considered.

We hope these tips for the best words to use in your CV prove useful for you . We’d love of course to hear what other suggestions you may have for words and phrases to use. Feel free to let us know via the comments section below.

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