Words to Include and Avoid on your CV

Posted by on October 21, 2016


You have a CV with vast work experience and many academic achievements, wonderful!  Then why are you not getting responses to your job applications?

Perhaps, it’s time to start looking at the exact ‘language’ you are using, the words you should be including in your CV and more importantly the words you shouldn’t be using.

According to a CareerBuilder survey:

  • 17% of surveyed hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes.
  • 68% spend less than two minutes.


Some to Include:

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Created
  • Ideas
  • Negotiated
  • Launched


Some to Avoid:

  • References available upon request
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Problem-solver
  • Hobbies / Interests
  • Motivated
  • Communication skills
  • Think outside of the box

Definitely Avoid:

Best of breed (?!)

A useful tip during your job-hunt is if a job advert includes certain words in their text then match these words in your CV, the liklihood is they haven’t included these words or phrases unintentionally!

Below are the full List of words to include and avoid:

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