Once you've gotten to grips with using action verbs and active sentences, there are a few more steps you can take to make sure your CV or cover letter makes an impact.
For instance, you could try browsing relevant job adverts to see what kind of keywords are being used. Chances are, if industry recruiters spot the same kind of terms and phrases in your CV, they'll think you're a better applicant for the job because you fit the field. That's why it's essential to know how to customise your CV for each listing you submit for. If you see that employers in your field are looking for aa strategic thinker, you can be sure to include an example of how your strategic thinking has led to positive results. Or if you need to be detailed oriented, show that by submitting a CV that is error-free. This strategy can also ensure that you make it past the applicant tracking system, a kind of recruiting software that scans CVs for specific terms that denote qualification for a job and eliminates candidates who aren't up to par.
You should also try to stay away from the obvious, boring clichés. So what if you are a 'team player' or always 'complete your work on time'? Everybody does that – or they should, at least.
Finally, check your whole CV for repetition. Those action verbs might start to lose their meaning if you use them again and again. Use the verb list we included above, or simply Google 'action words for CV [enter career field here]'.
So, now that you've learnt all about the power of verbs and active phrases, it's time for those CV writing muscles to be flexed.
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