The Write Way to Get a Job: power phrases to get you noticed

The Write Way to Get a JobIt’s increasingly hard to get a job – and a good one – these days, and although there is a lot to consider when you’re looking to get a job, effective business writing plays a major part in helping you succeed. In this series, HTWB columnist Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential explains the best ways to express your career information in your CV/résumé…here’s Lynn…

When you’re compiling your CV/ résumé you need to use strong, powerful words that resonate with readers so they feel your strength and confidence. It’s no good to say I “did” this or I “worked on” that; employers want to know that you contributed a lot more than a passing interest to your achievements. Last week we looked at more than 250 powerful verbs and adjectives that add spice and vitality to your CV / résumé.

Now, here are some more words or phrases that could be useful in collating information for your CV and interview preparation.  They may help you identify some of your achievements and activities but should not be used in your CV:

  • Cost cutting
  • Making something look better
  • Improving appearance
  • Increasing sales/profit/turnover
  • Providing extra information
  • Providing service above your job description
  • Gaining the commitment and support of others
  • Turning a bad situation around
  • Preserving competitive advantage
  • Having initiative
  • Presenting solutions to problems
  • Introducing new systems
  • Improving team work and relations
  • Working well under pressure
  • Having new, workable ideas
  • Paying attention to details
  • Avoiding potential problems
  • Organising
  • Using old things in a new way
  • Meeting deadlines easily
  • Reducing inventories
  • Developing staff performance

Convincing CV-building words and phrases

These are examples of buzz words and phrases you can use on your CV to describe key skills and activities.

Achieving
Actioning
Advising individuals
Analysing
Arranging social events
Assembling

Building

Calculating numerical data
Checking for accuracy
Classifying records
Coaching individuals
Commissioning
Communicating
Compiling figures
Contacting
Co-ordinating
Corresponding with customers
Counselling

Data gathering
Decision making
Delegating
Designing
Developing
Directing
Dispensing information
Documenting
Drafting reports
Driving
Editing documents
Encouraging
Establishing

Fact-finding
Fitting

Handling complaints

Influencing
Initiating
Inspecting
Instructing
Interpreting data
Interviewing
Investigating

Leading
Liaising
Listening
Machining
Maintaining records
Making
Managing
Mediating between people
Mentoring
Monitoring
Motivating others

Negotiating

Observing
Obtaining
Operating equipment
Optimising
Organising people and work

Perfecting

Persuading others
Planning Agendas
Preparing charts or diagrams
Presenting
Problem solving
Programming Computers
Promoting events
Protecting Property

Raising funds
Recording data
Rectifying
Repairing
Researching
Reviewing
Running meetings

Selling
Serving the public
Setting up demonstrations
Shaping
Speaking in public
Summarising
Supervising staff

Teaching
Telephoning
Testing
Training
Trouble shooting

Visualising

Writing

Let us know what other power phrases you think work well … which ones you’ve used and how they changed your chances!

The write way to get a job

Lynn Tulip from Assessment4Potential

Watch out for Lynn’s tips next week…

Now: let’s make sure  you get that job…

“Get That Job” by Lynn Tulip … The art of successful job hunting (print, Kindle)

“Can’t Get That Job?” by Lynn Tulip … Seven killer CV mistakes that destroy your chance of job success (print, Kindle)

“How To Write About Yourself” by Suzan St Maur … how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write (PDF download)

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  1. Very useful list of strong words–especially for those times when you can’t think of the right one!

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