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Power words, 77 Killer Words and Phrases for Your CV

Eilidh Milnes

When was the last time you reviewed your CV? There are certain words which are known in marketing to carry weight and influence e.g new, easy, free.


If you're the job market it's time for an appraisal of your most important of documents. Poorly chosen words and hackneyed phrases destroy interest. Even if you are not looking for a new job, creating a refreshed CV is a good idea. In fact one of the best times to review your personal sales document is when you are happily and gainfully employed.

Power words when chosen correctly can have the opposite effect of motivating and inspiring the reader. Power words will make help you stand out from your competition and increase your chances of securing that new job or promotion.


Pepper you personal sales document - your CV/Resume - with these attention grabbers:


Advanced, Assigned, Assessed, Accelerated, Appraised
Budgeted, Bolstered, Balanced, Boosted, Bargained, Beneficial
Critiqued, Closed, Collaborated
Designed, Delegated, Developed
Efficient, Enhanced, Excelled, Enriched
Fulfilled, Financed, Formulated
Generated, Guided
Helped, Hosted
Implemented, Investigated, Increased, Initiated, Influenced, Integrated, Innovated, Instituted
Justified, Listed
Maintained, Mentored, Measured
Negotiated, Observed, Operated, Obtained
Programmed, Provided, Projected
Qualified, Quantified, Quoted
Recommended, Revamp, Reacted, Retained, Recovered
Skilled, Saved, Scheduled, Supported, Secured, Simplified, Screened, Segmented, Streamlined, Strengthened
Troubleshooter, Taught, Trained
Uncovered, Unified, Updated, Upgraded
Validated, Viewed
Worldwide, Witnessed

Time to review and power-up your killer CV or Resume! 

Word of caution however, only add descriptors that truly apply and be aware of any implications. One client for example chose to use the word "Trouble-shooter," which did in truth describe his project management skills perfectly. However in reality, the work that came his way was mostly somewhat dangerous, unfriendly and foreign locations. 

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