Applying for that dream job is all about making good impressions. Just before nailing the interview itself you need to get a foot in the door by a kick-ass resume. A good CV highlights your abilities clear as crystal. Keep it simple & snappy.
As a number of time recruiters spend looking at your resume is roughly six seconds, it’s pretty important your resume stands out and you try and differentiate yourself from other job candidates. So remember: you’re not telling your life story here. You want to get noticed within seconds. Cut down any meaningless crap, start getting real, clear and concise. Stick to the facts. And, most importantly: avoid CV clichés. We’re helping you out with some smart words that give your resume the push it needs.
Add these power words
– Goal driven (that’s what they need!)
– Specific systems (try and find out what systems your future work requires)
– Achieved/progressed/improved/managed/launched/trained (you’re telling you’ve achieved something. That’s good. That’s real good.)
– Volunteered (always a winner)
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Scrub these words right away
– Perfectionist (be honest to yourself: are you really?)
– Team player (*yawn*)
– Go-getter/best of breed/hard worker (great traits, but anyone can say this)
– Honest/ambitious (we’ve seen them on every resume. Try and be a bit more creative.)
– Hard worker (no need to say it out)
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office (we ALL know Microsoft Word. And Excel. So don’t)
– Non-relevant work experience (good for you, you worked at a supermarket for ages! Also: not very relevant. Only include experience your reviewers will find important.)
– Scrub the word ‘phone’ in front of your actual number. Everyone knows it’s your phone number.
– References available upon request (aren’t we all guilty of this one? Remember: it’s outdated and if a future employer wants references, he of she will ask you.)