32 words that will make or break your CV
Words like 'team player', 'hard-worker,' and 'self-motivated' no longer impress employers, reveals a latest survey.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one in six (17 per cent) hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes.
A majority (68 per cent) spend less than two minutes.
The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder.
It included a representative sample of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.
As part of the survey, employers were asked to identify the commonly-used resume terms and pick the best and worst terms used by employees to demonstrate their skills and achievements.
Given the limited attention span, most employers emphasised on the demand for action-oriented words like 'achieved' 'improved', 'increased' and 'created' instead of 'dynamic', 'hard worker' 'go-getter' and the like.
"Recruiters prefer information that is presented in a succinct, attractive and attention-grabbing manner," said Premlesh Machama, Managing Director at CareerBuilder India.
"There is no such thing as a one-size fits all resume no matter how well it is written.
Instead of using a generalised resume approach, recruiters prefer a targeted and much more effective approach. It is better to avoid cliches and subjective terms as they don't convey real information," Machama added.
Read on to find out the best and worst terms to use in your CV...
The worst resume terms
Respondents rated the following terms as turn-offs in a CV:
1. Best of breed: 38 per cent
2. Go-getter: 27 per cent
3. Think outside of the box: 26 per cent
4. Synergy: 22 per cent
5. Go-to person: 22 per cent
6. Thought leadership: 16 per cent
7. Value add: 16 per cent
8. Results-driven: 16 per cent
9. Team player: 15 per cent
10. Bottom-line: 14 per cent
11. Hard worker: 13 per cent
12. Strategic thinker: 12 per cent
13. Dynamic: 12 per cent
14. Self-motivated: 12 per cent
15. Detail-oriented: 11 per cent
16. Proactively: 11 per cent
17. Track record: 10 percent
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Image: Since employers spend less than two minutes on your CV, ensure to use powerful words.
Photographs: Illustration by Uttam Ghosh
The best words to use in your CV
Meanwhile, employers would like to see the following terms on your CV:
1. Achieved: 52 per cent
2. Improved: 48 per cent
3. Trained/Mentored: 47 per cent
4. Managed: 44 per cent
5. Created: 43 per cent
6. Resolved: 40 per cent
7. Volunteered: 35 per cent
8. Influenced: 29 per cent
9. Increased/Decreased: 28 per cent
10. Ideas: 27 per cent
11. Negotiated: 25 per cent
12. Launched: 24 per cent
13. Revenue/Profits: 23 per cent
14. Under budget: 16 per cent
15. Won: 13 per cent
Image: The survey revealed that employers are keen to see a targetted resume
Photographs: Illustration by Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com