Optimize your CV: the best and worst resume terms

Back in the olden days when you sent printed copies of your CV to specific companies, your CV served as your sole personal marketing toolkit and the very first opportunity you had to make an impression on a prospective employer.  Today the focus has begun to shift from what you are on paper to who you are in life and if you are a cultural match to company.   It is for this exact reason that innovative solutions like video recruitment are rapidly gaining momentum across industries. Video recruitment is allowing candidates to have the opportunity to add some personality to their CV and make a first impression beyond a single piece of paper. That being said, neither is exclusively important and candidates should put effort into both. Recruiters still want to have your CV complementary to your video interview, so it is critical that your CV is strong.

A recent CareerBuilder survey identified what hiring managers and other HR pros find the best and worst words to use in a resume. The survey indicated that hiring managers prefer strong action words that define specific experience, skills and accomplishments. Words that don’t convey any real information like subjective terms and clichés are less favorable. Below you find the terms that hiring managers have identified as major turn-offs as well the terms employers would like to see on a CV. Use this information to your advantage and optimize your CV so you will make the best first impression possible!

The worst and best CV terms according to the respondents of the CareerBuilder Survey:

List of bad en good resume terms

Of course many of the above-mentioned terms can also easily be translated in the words you use when presenting yourself in an online video interview. So when you are invited for an online video interview, use this information in your interview and show your interviewer why you would be the perfect fit for the job and company!


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